Barnet Primary Care Trust: Waiting Lists

Health written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce diagnostic waiting times for patients in Barnet primary care trust area; and if he will make a statement.

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

Rapid accurate diagnosis is key to delivery of the 18 week target. The Department has developed three clinically-led national programmes, in imaging, endoscopy and physiological measurement, to support the national health service in reducing waiting times for diagnostic tests including residents in Barnet primary care trust (PCT).

The Independent Sector London Diagnostics scheme, offering a range of diagnostic assessments, is also available to patients in the Barnet PCT area. Diagnostics available through the London Diagnostics scheme include magnetic resonance imaging, x-ray, ultrasound, echocardiography, echocardiography (screening), electrocardiogram, blood pressure monitoring, endoscopy and phlebotomy.

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