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Health written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Celia Barlow Celia Barlow Labour, Hove

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the number of patients waiting over 13 weeks for an out-patient appointment.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) (Care Services)

There are now 30,222 patients referred by their GP who are waiting more than 13 weeks for their outpatient consultation, compared with 338,957 in June 1997. The NHS is on track to ensure that no patients are waiting more than 13 weeks by the end of 2005.

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