Surgery: Waiting Lists

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 29th March 2022.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients registered under the London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust have waited over 18 months for an operation in each year since 2014; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust does not hold data before 2017. The following table shows the number of patients registered under the Trust who have waited more than 78 weeks for an operation in each year since 2017/18.

2017/18

5

2018/19

0

2019/20

0

2020/21

42

2021/22 – to February 2022

387

The ‘Delivery plan for tackling the COVID-19 backlog of elective care’, published in February 2022, sets out how the National Health Service will recover and expand elective services over the next three years. The plan commits to eliminate waiting times of over 18 months by April 2023.

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