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Cataracts: Waiting Lists

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the median waiting time for treatment of cataracts in NHS hospitals was in each year since 1997-98; and how many treatments were provided in each such year. (227504)

The following table sets out the median days waited in England for cataract operations and the number of finished consultant episodes (FCEs) where a cataract operation was the main or secondary procedure in each year since 1997-98.

Median days waited

FCEs

1997-98

164

179,393

1998-99

188

221,393

1999-2000

165

231,699

2000-01

154

256,164

2001-02

145

263,947

2002-03

140

284,852

2003-04

124

312,447

2004-05

78

319,933

2005-06

68

302,876

2006-07

69

305,612

2007-08

n/a

n/a

Source:

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), the Information Centre for Health and Social Care.