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Hospitals: Waiting Lists

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 North East 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. (242387)

Information on the total in-patient waiting list by specialty for the north-east 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

12,454

10,202

5,882

4,358

Urology

4,811

4,449

3,267

2,404

Trauma and orthopaedics

11,657

11,379

10,063

9,055

Ear, nose and throat

5,024

4,380

3,471

2,495

Ophthalmology

7,522

6,473

3,464

3,802

Oral surgery

3,859

1,395

1,972

1,996

Restorative dentistry

0

0

0

9

Orthodontics

24

21

0

0

Neurosurgery

857

724

834

669

Plastic surgery

3,015

2,700

2,339

1,468

Cardiothoracic surgery

878

867

223

248

Paediatric surgery

598

927

596

412

Accident and Emergency

472

68

87

0

Anaesthetics

200

137

44

418

Pain management

0

414

349

0

General medicine

1,600

542

375

236

Gastroenterology

490

194

2

501

Endocrinology

0

15

0

9

Clinical haematology

18

17

5

6

Clinical pharmacology

7

9

0

0

Rehabilitation

11

1

4

3

Palliative medicine

8

0

0

0

Cardiology

1,406

1,118

1,350

1,335

Dermatology

328

273

32

667

Thoracic medicine

173

15

23

61

Infectious diseases

0

0

0

0

Nephrology

27

8

6

3

Neurology

306

240

202

120

Rheumatology

130

26

15

3

Paediatrics

1

11

0

13

Paediatric neurology

0

0

0

0

Geriatric medicine

13

19

1

0

Medical ophthalmology

0

0

0

0

Gynaecology

4,191

3,154

2,855

1,967

General practice (non-maternity)

257

0

0

0

Mental handicap

4

4

21

11

Mental illness

58

11

4

5

Child and adolescent psychiatry

1

3

0

Forensic psychiatry

0

0

0

0

Old age psychiatry

23

6

2

0

Clinical oncology

45

0

2

42

Occupational medicine

0

0

0

222

All specialties

60,467

49,800

37,493

32,538

Month ending October 2008

All specialties

29,107

Notes:

1. In-patient 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 quarterly waiting list statistics KH07