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Volume 497: debated on Thursday 22 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of (a) levels of the availability of and (b) waiting times for stereotactic radiosurgery treatments for NHS patients. (293969)

The Department has not made a specific assessment of levels of availability of stereotactic radiosurgery.

Latest available data showing the median time waited (days) for a finished admission episode for stereotactic radiosurgery on tissue of the brain carried are shown in the following table:

Median time waited (days)






A finished admission episode is the first period of inpatient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Finished admission episodes are counted against the year in which the admission episode finishes. It should be noted that admissions do not represent the number of inpatients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.


Hospital Episode Statistics, The NHS Information Centre for health and social care.