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Health Services: East of England

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average length of waiting lists in each category for NHS patients in the East of England was in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2005; and what the length of each list was at the latest date for which figures are available. (243982)

Information on the total in-patient waiting list by specialty for the East of England area in March 1997, March 2001, March 2005 and September 2007 is shown in the following table.

Quarter ending

Specialty

March 1997

March 2001

March 2005

September 2007

General surgery

13.9

12.8

8.9

5.3

Urology

12.2

11.9

7.8

4.7

Trauma and orthopaedics

17.2

18.9

11.8

7.9

Ear nose and throat

12.8

12.4

9.3

6.7

Ophthalmology

17.0

15.3

5.8

5.4

Oral surgery

15.9

10.3

8.5

6.7

Orthodontics

17.5

28.4

n/a

5.7

Neurosurgery

17.4

17.6

11.7

5.9

Plastic surgery

16.5

12.9

10.5

5.9

Cardiothoracic surgery

15.5

18.1

6.5

6.1

Paediatric surgery

11.1

9.4

7.8

6.1

Accident and emergency

19.7

n/a

16.3

n/a

Anaesthetics

8.7

11.2

9.8

6.7

Pain management

n/a

9.6

4.8

n/a

General medicine

7.9

8.9

5.3

2.8

Gastroenterology

8.6

7.7

4.6

2.4

Endocrinology

9.9

n/a

n/a

n/a

Clinical haematology

8.5

n/a

n/a

n/a

Clinical immunology and allergy

n/a

n/a

23.5

n/a

Rehabilitation

15.1

n/a

n/a

n/a

Cardiology

13.0

12.9

8.3

4.7

Dermatology

9.9

7.6

5.4

3.7

Thoracic medicine

9.0

8.0

7.3

3.2

Nephrology

10.7

8.0

6.4

2.2

Neurology

8.5

8.4

7.1

4.2

Rheumatology

12.5

7.7

4.2

2.4

Paediatrics

8.9

8.7

4.1

4.4

Paediatric neurology

n/a

11.7

n/a

n/a

Geriatric medicine

7.2

7.1

5.9

n/a

Gynaecology

11.5

10.6

8.0

5.7

General practice (non maternity)

10.0

n/a

n/a

n/a

Clinical oncology

8.1

n/a

n/a

1.0

Radiology

7.2

n/a

n/a

n/a

All Specialties

13.7

13.0

8.6

5.8

Month ending October 2008

All Specialties

4.4

Notes:

1. Inpatient waiting times are measured from decision to admit by the consultant to admission to hospital.

2. Data no longer collected by specialty after 30 September 2007

Source:

The Department of Health quarterly waiting list statistics KH07.