Hospital Waiting Times

Health written question – answered on 18th March 2005.

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Photo of Stephen Hepburn Stephen Hepburn Labour, Jarrow

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time in hospitals in (a) South Tyneside, (b) the North East and (c) the UK has been in each year since 1997.

Photo of John Hutton John Hutton Minister of State, Department of Health, Minister of State (Department of Health) (Health)

The Department collects waiting times information by national health service trust.

Table 1 shows South Tyneside NHS Trust in-patient median waiting time, all specialities: provider based 1996–97 to January 2005.

Table 1
Year end month Median (weeks)
1996–97 March 15.6
1997–98 March 16.4
1998–99 March 14.9
1999–2000 March 12.4
2000–01 March 10.5
2001–02 March 9.5
2002–03 March 8.7
2003–04 March 8.3
2004–05 January 6.2

Source:

Department of Health KH07 (provider based).

The Department collects waiting times information from strategic health authorities (SHAs).

Table 2 shows Northumberland, Tyne and Wear SHA, in-patient median waiting time, all specialities: commissioner based 1996–97 to January 2005.

Table 2
Year end month Median (weeks)
1996–97 March 12.2
1997–98 March 12.3
1998–99 March 11.7
1 999–2000 March 11.1
2000–01 March 11.1
2001–02 March 11.8
2002–03 March 10.9
2003–04 March 9.6
2004–05 January 10.8

Source:

Department of Health, QF01 (commissioner based).

The Department does not collect waiting times data for the United Kingdom, but for England.

Table 3 shows England, in-patient median waiting time, all specialities: commissioner based 1996–97 to January 2005.

Table 3
Quarter ended Median waiting inpatient waiters time for (weeks)
March 1997 13.2
March 1998 14.2
March 1999 12.8
March 2000 12.9
March 2001 12.6
March 2002 12.7
March 2003 11.9
March 2004 10.2
January 2005 9.3

Note:

The introduction of time-bands from April 2004 has led to a more precise calculation of the median waiting time.

Source:

Department of Health, QF01 (commissioner based).

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