Hospitals: Waiting Lists

Health written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Labour, Regent's Park and Kensington North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in Westminster Primary Care Trust waited for (a) 18 months and over, (b) 12 months and over and (c) six months and over for in-patient admission in each of the last four years.

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

The following table shows in-patient admissions for the last four-year period in the Westminster primary care trust (PCT) area.

Time Waited 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06
More than 6 months to 12 months 948 1,089 967 901
More than 12 months to 18 months 216 127 87 76
More than 18 months 16 22 18 26
Number of elective waiting list and booked admissions where it is not possible to calculate accurate waiting times 1,875 1,683 1,926 2,594
Notes: 1. Finished in-year admissions: A finished in-year admission is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one health care provider, excluding admissions before 1 April at the start of the data year. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients as a person may have more than one admission within the year. 2. Ungrossed data: Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in the data (i.e. the data are ungrossed). 3. Time waited (days): Time waited statistics from HES are not the same as the publicised 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 admission and the decision to admit dates. Where there is no recorded entry for decision to admit, or when decision to admit and admission date are the same this creates an invalid waiting time. Unlike published waiting list statistics, this is not adjusted for self-referrals or periods of medical/social suspension. The time bands "more than 6 months to 12 months" includes those who waited 183 to 364 days, the "more than 12 months to 18 months" includes those who waited 365 to 547 days, the "more than 18 months" includes those who waited 548 and more days. 4. Data quality: HES are compiled from data sent by over 300 NHS trusts and PCTs in England. The Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain. Source: Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES), The Information Centre for health and social care.

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