NHS: Waiting Lists

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th July 2013.

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Photo of Baroness McDonagh Baroness McDonagh Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many NHS patients were waiting for an elective procedure or operation at the end of (1) June 2010, (2) June 2011, (3) June 2012, and (4) June 2013.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many NHS patients had been waiting more than 18 weeks for their procedure or operation at the end of (1) June 2010, (2) December 2010, (3) June 2011, (4) December 2011, (5) June 2012, (6) December 2012, and (7) June 2013.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Information is not collected on how many patients are waiting for an elective procedure or operation. Information is collected on patients referred for non-emergency consultant-led treatment; these patients are on referral to treatment (RTT) pathways. Information is collected on how many patients on an RH pathway are still waiting to start treatment at the end of the month (incomplete pathways), and how many of these had been waiting for more than 18 weeks (incomplete pathways over 18 weeks). This includes patients who are waiting for an outpatient appointment, as well as those who are waiting for a procedure or operation. The available information is shown in the following table, which shows the number of patients on incomplete pathways and incomplete pathways over 18 weeks for the dates requested.

RH data for June 2013 will be published on 15 August 2013.

Table: RH: Patients waiting to start treatment at the end of the month.
Total Incomplete Pathways Number of Incomplete Pathways over 18 weeks
June 2010 2,569,098 221,588
December 2010 2,411,293 275,539
June 2011 2,550,720 226,427
December 2011 2,385,147 205,025
June 2012 2,635,475 154,449
December 2012 2,561,808 140,938

Source:

NHS England Referral to Treatment Waiting times monthly return www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/rtt-waiting times/

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