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Hospitals: Waiting Lists

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the median waiting time for (a) in-patient and (b) out-patient treatment was for patients in York in each year since 1997. (317222)

The following tables show the median inpatient and outpatient waiting times for the York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and its predecessor trusts from 1997 to 2009.

Table 1: Inpatient waiting times

Month ending

Median (weeks)

March 1997

12.0

March 1998

15.9

March 1999

13.1

March 2000

15.2

March 2001

15.7

March 2002

16.8

March 2003

14.6

March 2004

11.7

March 2005

10.2

March 2006

8.5

March 2007

6.6

March 2008

5.6

March 2009

4.8

December 2009

4.3

Notes:

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

2. The figures show the median waiting times for patients still waiting for admission at the end of the period stated.

3. Median waiting times are calculated from aggregate data, rather than patient level data, and therefore are only estimates of the position on average waits.

Source:

Department of Health waiting list collections KH07 and MMRPROV.

Table 2: Median outpatient waiting time for first outpatient appointment, patients seen in the year all specialties, provider organisations in the York area

Inpatient waiting times for York Health Services Trust 1997 to 2009

Financial year

Median (weeks)

March 1997

5.9

March 1998

6.6

March 1999

8.4

March 2000

8.9

March 2001

6.9

March 2002

6.1

March 2003

6.4

March 2004

6.4

March 2005

6.4

March 2006

5.4

March 2007

3.2

Notes:

1. Outpatient waiting times are measured from referral by the general practitioner to first outpatient appointment with a consultant.

2. The outpatient seen figures relate to the average wait for patients seen during the whole of each year.

3. Outpatient waiting times on this basis no longer available.

4. Median waiting times are calculated from aggregate data, rather than patient level data, and therefore are only estimates of the position on average waits.

Source:

Department of Health waiting list collections QM08.

Table 3: Median outpatient waiting time for first outpatient appointment, patients still waiting at period end, all specialties, provider organisations in the York area

Outpatient waiting times for York Health Services Trust 2005 to 2009

Month ending

Median (weeks)

March 2005

5.4

March 2006

3.9

March 2007

3.5

March 2008

3.1

March 2009

2.5

December 2009

3.6

Notes:

1. Outpatient waiting times are measured from referral by the general practitioner to first outpatient appointment to the consultant.

2. Full waiting list was only collected from 2004 so average waiting first outpatient times on this basis have only been available from then.

3. Median waiting times are calculated from aggregate data, rather than patient level data, and therefore are only estimates of the position on average waits.

4. Historically, since 1997, outpatient waiting times were collected based on numbers seen during the quarter.

5. In addition, data were collected on a ‘still waiting’ basis in the monthly return alongside the inpatient waiting times figures. However, unlike the inpatient figures, the full waiting list on outpatients, was not collected, just the long waiters. Therefore, it was not possible to calculate the average wait on this basis.

Source:

Department of Health Waiting List Collections QM08 and MMRPROV.