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Waiting Lists

Health written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Liberal Democrat, Yeovil

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) how many patients in the NHS have been treated by non-NHS providers as a consequence of the provisions of the Primary Care Trusts and Strategic Heath Authorities (Waiting Times) Directions 2010; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of primary care trusts in complying with their legal requirements under the Primary Care Trusts and Strategic Heath Authorities (Waiting Times) Directions 2010; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department does not collect information on how many patients have been treated by non-national health service providers as a consequence of the 'Primary Care Trusts and Strategic Health Authorities (Waiting Times) Directions 2010'.

The Department has not made an assessment of the effectiveness of primary care trusts in complying with their legal duty to commission services that meet maximum waiting times standards and to offer redress to patients who wait longer if they request it.

The right to access services within maximum waiting times remains in the NHS constitution. NHS organisations need to be able to demonstrate that they have met patients' rights and fulfilled their obligations.

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