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NHS: Barnet

Health written question – answered on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Barnet residents (a) received (i) a cataract operation, (ii) a heart operation and (iii) a cancer operation in (A) 1996-97 and (B) 2005-06 and (b) have received each type of operation in 2006-07; what the average waiting time was for each operation in each year; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Andy Burnham Andy Burnham Minister of State (Department of Health) (Delivery and Quality)

This information is not available in the format requested. However, the table shows the latest figures available for the count of finished consultant episodes for cataract procedures and heat procedures at Barnet primary care trust (PCT). These figures are not available for cancer operations.

Count of finished consultant episodes for cataract procedures (OPCS codes C71, C72, C74, C75) and heart procedures (OPCS codes K01-K71) in 2005-06 and 1996-97, at Barnet PCT
Procedure group Finished consultant episodes Mean waiting time Median waiting time
Cataract 1,633 71.28 67
Heart 1,774 109.30 90
Cataract 993 142.01 107
Heart 914 81.33 52

1. Median figures are a better proxy to the average time waited as mean figures can cloud the real picture if some anomalies (longwaiters) may artificially increase the average.

2. Diagnosis (Primary Diagnosis)

The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 14 (seven prior to 2002-03) diagnosis fields in the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data set and provides the main reason why the patient was in hospital.

3. Finished Consultant Episode (FCE)

An FCE is defined as a period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Please note that the figures do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the year.

4. Ungrossed data

Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (ie the data are ungrossed).

5. Time waited (days)

Time waited statistics from Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) are not the same as the published waiting list statistics. HES provides counts and time waited for all patients admitted to hospital within a given period whereas the published waiting list statistics count those waiting for treatment on a specific date and how long they have been on the waiting list. Also, HES calculates the time waited as the difference between the admission and decision to admit dates. Unlike published waiting list statistics, this is not adjusted for self-deferrals or periods of medical/social suspension.


Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The Information Centre for Health and Social Care

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