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House of Commons Hansard
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Hospitals: Waiting Lists
23 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people had been waiting for treatment at Northampton general hospital for (a) over two years, (b) between one and two years, (c) between six months and one year and (d) up to six months in (i) 1997, (ii) 2001 and (iii) the latest year for which figures are available. [322994]

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Information on waiting times for elective admission patients still waiting (weeks) for Northampton general hospital during the time periods 1996-97, 2000-01 and 2009-10 (provider-based) is shown in the following table:

In-patient waits

0 < 6 months

6 < 12 months

12 < 24 months

24 months+

Total

March 1996-97

4,370

1,207

219

0

5,796

March 2000-01

4,736

1,346

402

0

6,484

January 2009-10

3,779

0

0

0

3,779

Note: In-patient waiting times are measured from decision to admit by the consultant to admission to hospital. Source: DH KH07 and MMRPROV collections.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2010, Official Report, column 774W, on medical treatments: waiting lists, what the mean waiting time for all treatments was in each year since 1997. [323432]

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The information requested is shown in the following table:

In-patient waiting times—commissioner based

Period (March each year)

Mean wait (weeks)

1997

18.1

1998

20.0

1999

18.6

2000

18.7

2001

18.1

2002

17.4

2003

15.6

2004

12.4

2005

10.6

2006

8.7

2007

7.4

2008

5.6

2009

5.3

Source:

Department of Health, QF01, MMRCOM

Figures shown relate to March each year, and are a snapshot of the mean wait of patients waiting at the end of each period. The latest data available are for January 2010, and this figure shows the mean wait of those still waiting at the end of that month of 6.2 weeks. It is not unusual to see such increases in the winter months, and in particular this year given the severity of the winter weather.

March 2010 data will be published on 30 April 2010.