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Hospitals: Waiting Lists

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to reduce NHS waiting lists in (a) England and (b) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency. (253113)

From 1 January 2009, the operational delivery standards for the national health service in England are that 95 per cent. of non admitted and 90 per cent. of admitted patients will start treatment within 18 weeks of referral. These standards allow for patents who choose to wait longer or where it is clinically appropriate for patients to wait longer.

At a national level, figures for November 2008, which are the latest available, show the majority of patients are already being seen within 18 weeks of referral. 90 per cent. of patients whose treatment involved admission to hospital started their treatment within 18 weeks and 96 per cent. of patients whose treatment did not involve admission to hospital started their treatment within 18 weeks. The median wait for in-patient treatment has fallen to 8.1 weeks from 18.8 weeks in 1997. November data are available at:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Statistics/Performancedataandstatistics/18WeeksReferraltoTreatmentstatistics/index.htm

Figures for November 2008, which are the latest available, covering the primary care trusts and NHS trusts within the NHS North East strategic health authority (SHA), which includes the Middlesbrough and Cleveland area are set out in the tables.

Delivery of the 18-week operational standard will reduce unnecessary delays and improve the experience that patients have of elective care and the quality of the service that they receive.

18 weeks monthly RTT collection: November 2008 Commissioner returns—RTT times for completed admitted pathways

SHA

Name

Treatment function code

Treatment function

Total (all)

Total (known clock start)

Total (known clock start) within 18 weeks

Percentage within 18 weeks (column BI/column BH)

Q30

North East SHA

AA999

Total

15,811

15,809

14,474

91.56

Notes:

1. Referral to treatment (RTT) times for patients whose 18 week clock stopped during the month with an in-patient/day case admission.

2. It is important to view this performance data in conjunction with the data completeness assessment score for each organisation.

18 weeks monthly RTT collection: November 2008 Commissioner returns—RTT times for completed admitted pathways

SHA

Code

Commissioner

Treatment function code

Treatment function

Total (all)

Total (known clock start)

Total (known clock start) within 18 weeks

Percentage within 18 weeks (column BJ/column BI)

Q30

5D7

Newcastle PCT

AA999

Total

1,316

1,316

1,134

86.17

Q30

5D8

North Tyneside PCT

AA999

Total

1,232

1,232

1,105

89.69

Q30

5D9

Hartlepool PCT

AA999

Total

580

580

550

94.83

Q30

5E1

North Tees PCT

AA999

Total

1,235

1,234

1,155

93.60

Q30

5J9

Darlington PCT

AA999

Total

633

633

607

95.89

Q30

5KF

Gateshead PCT

AA999

Total

970

970

879

90.62

Q30

5KG

South Tyneside PCT

AA999

Total

1,055

1,055

960

91.00

Q30

5KL

Sunderland Teaching PCT

AA999

Total

1,846

1,845

1,654

89.65

Q30

5KM

Middlesbrough PCT

AA999

Total

909

909

855

94.06

Q30

5ND

County Durham PCT

AA999

Total

3,280

3,280

3,030

92.38

Q30

5QR

Redcar and Cleveland PCT

AA999

Total

829

829

771

93.00

Q30

TAC

Northumberland Care PCT

AA999

Total

1,926

1,926

1,774

92.11

SHA

Code

Commissioner

Treatment function code

Treatment function

Total (all)

Total (known clock start)

Total (known clock start) within 18 weeks

Percentage within 18 weeks (column BJ/column BI)

Q30

5D7

Newcastle PCT

NP999

Total

4,575

4,574

4,377

95.69

Q30

5D8

North Tyneside PCT

NP999

Total

3,234

3,234

3,078

95.18

Q30

5D9

Hartlepool PCT

NP999

Total

1,281

1,281

1,254

97.89

Q30

5E1

North Tees PCT

NP999

Total

2,612

2,611

2,578

98.74

Q30

5J9

Darlington PCT

NP999

Total

1,699

1,699

1,667

98.12

Q30

5KF

Gateshead PCT

NP999

Total

3,592

3,591

3,437

95.71

Q30

5KG

South Tyneside PCT

NP999

Total

3,023

3,023

2,924

96.73

Q30

5KL

Sunderland Teaching PCT

NP999

Total

4,684

4,684

4,501

96.09

Q30

5KM

Middlesbrough PCT

NP999

Total

2,155

2,155

2,115

98.14

Q30

5KM

Middlesbrough PCT

NPX01

Other

586

586

578

98.63

Q30

5ND

County Durham PCT

NP999

Total

8,335

8,335

8,073

96.86

Q30

5QR

Redcar and Cleveland PCT

NP999

Total

2,121

2,121

2,102

99.10

Q30

TAC

Northumberland Care PCT

NP999

Total

4,339

4,339

4,154

95.74

Notes:

1. Referral to treatment (RTT) times for patients whose 18 week clock stopped during the month with an in-patient/day case admission.

2. It is important to view this performance data in conjunction with the data completeness assessment score for each organisation.