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Prostate Cancer: Health Services

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) mean and (b) median waiting time was for patients with a diagnosis of prostate cancer as an (i) in-patient and (ii) out-patient (A) in England and (B) in each NHS trust was in each year since 1997-98. (317711)

Information on the mean and median time waited to be seen as an in-patient, for the first out-patient attendance where there was a primary diagnosis of prostate cancer, with figures provided for England and by hospital provider, has been placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) mean and (b) median length of an in-patient hospital stay was for patients with a diagnosis of prostate cancer (i) in England and (ii) in each NHS trust was in each year since 1997-98. (317712)

Information on the mean and median length of stay for patients by NHS hospital provider for each year since 1997-98 where the primary diagnosis was prostate cancer has been placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) mean and (b) median referral-to-treatment waiting time has been for patients with a diagnosis of prostate cancer (i) in England and (ii) in each NHS trust in each month since January 2007. (317714)

Statistics on average waiting times for cancer patients and average waiting times specifically for prostate cancer treatment are not collected centrally. The cancer waiting time standard of a maximum wait of 62 days from urgent referral for suspected cancer to first cancer treatment was introduced for all cancer patients from December 2005. In the last quarter for which figures are available (July to September 2009) national performance against this standard was 85.7 per cent.