Waiting Times

Health written question – answered on 27th October 2004.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest estimate is of the average waiting time for (a) in-patients and (b) out-patients in each quarter from the first quarter of 1997 to third quarter of 2004; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

The table shows provider based median in-patient and out-patient waiting times for England, by each quarter from March 1997 to June 2004. Information for quarter 2 of 2004–05 is not yet available.

Median (weeks)
Quarter Year In-patient Out-patient
Q4 1996–97 13.2 6.0
Q1 1997–98 13.4 6.2
Q2 1997–98 14.2 6.4
Q3 1997–98 14.5 6.2
Q4 1997–98 14.8 6.3
Q1 1998–99 15.2 6.5
Q2 1998–99 14.1 6.8
Q3 1998–99 13.1 6.9
Q4 1998–99 12.8 7.0
Q1 1999–2000 12.8 7.1
Q2 1999–2000 12.8 7.3
Q3 1999–2000 12.8 7.3
Q4 1999–2000 12.9 7.6
Q1 2000–01 13.3 7.1
Q2 2000–01 13.0 7.4
Q3 2000–01 12.8 7.4
Q4 2000–01 12.6 7.4
Q1 2001–02 13.7 6.9
Q2 2001–02 13.4 7.2
Q3 2001–02 12.7 7.3
Q4 2001–02 12.7 7.6
Q1 2002–03 13.2 7.0
Q2 2002–03 12.8 7.2
Q3 2002–03 12.5 7.2
Q4 2002–03 11.9 7.3
Q1 2003–04 12.1 6.9
Q2 2003–04 11.7 7.0
Q3 2003–04 11.2 7.0
Q4 2003–04 10.2 7.1
Q1 2004–05 9.5 6.8

Sources:

Department of Health in-patient data—KH07 and out-patient data—QM08.

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