Health: Coronary Care

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th July 2009.

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Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe Shadow Minister, Health

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS patients are on a waiting list for a coronary angiography procedure in each strategic health authority area in England; and what is the average waiting time for each such area.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

At the end of May 2009 there were 8,310 people waiting for an angiogram in England, and 98 per cent of these were waiting three months or less and nobody was waiting longer than six months.

The waiting list in each strategic health authority (SHA) and the average wait for people on the waiting list at the end of May 2009 is shown in the table below.

SHA Name 31.5.09 Average wait per person by week
East Midlands 508 2.9
East of England 885 3.2
London 1,081 3.6
North East 392 2.6
North West 1,031 2.7
South Central 583 4.6
South East Coast 765 3.3
South West 1,073 3.2
West Midlands 751 2.8
Yorkshire and The Humber 1,241 4.0
Grand Total 8,310 3.3

To put this in perspective, five years ago (on 31 May 2004) there were 23,375 people waiting for an angiogram in England and 68 per cent of these were waiting three months or less and six per cent were waiting longer than six months.

Overall the total numbers waiting have reduced by 64 per cent and the number of people waiting over three months has reduced by 98 per cent.

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