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Medical Treatments: Waiting Lists

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for all treatments was in each year since 1997. (321943)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

In-patient waiting timescommissioner based

As at March each year

Median wait (weeks)

1997

13.2

1998

14.9

1999

12.9

2000

12.9

2001

12.6

2002

12.7

2003

11.9

2004

10.2

2005

8.5

2006

7.3

2007

6.2

2008

4.5

2009

4.0

Notes:

1. Figures shown relate to March each year, and are a snapshot of the median wait of patients waiting at the end of each period. The latest data available are for January 2010, and this figure shows the median wait of those still waiting at the end of that month of 5.0 weeks. March 2010 data will be published on 30 April 2010

2. It should be noted that median waits in the winter months historically tend to be higher than other months. We would therefore expect the median at March 2010 to be lower than five weeks as shown in January 2010.

Source:

Department, of Health, QF01, MMRCOM