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 (The Minister of State, Department of Health; Chelmsford, Conservative)
The data provided show, for each PCT, a count of first out-patient attendances and non-attendances for residents of that PCT that occurred in a different PCT, in each of the last five years.
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.