NHS Waiting Lists

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 16th October 2002.

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Photo of Angus MacKay Angus MacKay Labour

Question S1W-30071

To ask the Scottish Executive (a) how many people were on hospital waiting lists and (b) what the average length of waiting time for an operation was in each year since 1996.

Photo of Malcolm Chisholm Malcolm Chisholm Labour

Information on the number of in-patients and day cases on the true waiting list, and the median length of waiting time before an acute hospital admission is provided in the following tables.

Table 1

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As At Year Ended

Number on True Waiting List

31 March 1996

82,640

31 March 1997

84,649

31 March 1998

89,525

31 March 1999

70,227

31 March 2000

82,334

31 March 2001

81,968

31 March 2002

71,962

Table 2

Year Ended

Median Wait (Days)

31 March 1996

32

31 March 1997

31

31 March 1998

34

31 March 1999

32

31 March 2000

31

31 March 2001

34

31 March 2002

34

Information on hospital waiting lists is published quarterly by the Information and Statistics Division on its Acute Activity, Waiting Times and Waiting List website. The web address is http://www.show.scot.nhs.uk/isd/acute_activity/index.htm.

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