Tim Farron (Westmorland and Lonsdale, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Health
(2) how many patients from the Cumbria Primary Care Trust area did not keep an appointment following a referral to an out-of-county consultant specialist in each of the last five years.
Simon Burns (Minister of State (Health), Health; Chelmsford, Conservative)
The number of first out-patient attendances and non-attendances does not represent the number of patients, as a person may have had more than one attendance or non-attendance within the year.