Health Services

Health written question – answered on 8th March 2012.

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Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Party Chair, Liberal Democrats

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) how many patients in each primary care trust (PCT) area received referrals to consultant specialists based in a different PCT area in each of the last five years;

(2) how many patients from the Cumbria Primary Care Trust area did not keep an appointment following a referral to an out-of-county consultant specialist in each of the last five years.

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

The available information for patients resident in England has been placed in the Library. Primary care trust (PCT) level data have been used, as data by county of residence are not available.

The data provided show, for each PCT, a count of first out-patient attendances and non-attendances for residents of that PCT that occurred in a different PCT, in each of the last five years.

The number of first out-patient attendances and non-attendances does not represent the number of patients, as a person may have had more than one attendance or non-attendance within the year.

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