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Hospitals: Waiting Lists

Health written question – answered on 21st January 2008.

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Photo of Mark Simmonds Mark Simmonds Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost to the NHS of collecting figures for (a) inpatient and (b) outpatient waiting times in 2007-08.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

There are no figures available on the monetary cost of collecting figures on waiting times. However, the review of central returns process estimates the burden in terms of person years. The current estimated burden for providing monthly and quarterly inpatient and outpatient waiting times figures is 10.8 person years in total, 6.6 years for outpatients and 4.2 years for inpatients.

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