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Waiting Lists/Times

Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were waiting for more than six months for an NHS inpatient operation at the end of each month from November 2005 to April 2006, broken down by hospital trust. [70898]

Andy Burnham [holding answer 15 May 2006]: The information requested, apart from the data for April 2006, which are not yet available, has been placed in the Library.

Figures at provider level include patients resident in Wales waiting for treatment in England, where local health groups have instructed the hospital to apply Welsh waiting time standards. The numbers of patients resident in Wales are not separately identifiable from the provider level data. Consequently, the provider level figures sum to a higher total than the primary care trust/strategic health authority level figures, which do not include patients resident in Wales.

Any breaches of the waiting time standards are unacceptable and the Department will continue to work closely to support the small number of national health service organisations where patients are waiting over six months.

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 28 March 2006, Official Report, column 967W, on NHS finance, what level of increased activity in 2006-07 will be necessary for the delivery of the 18-week waiting time target by 2008. [69606]

Andy Burnham: To meet the 18-week patient pathway target for the end of December 2008 a series of milestones have been established. The milestones for March 2007 are maximum waits of 11 weeks for first out-patient appointments following general practitioner (GP) written referral, 13 weeks for diagnostics tests and procedures, and 20 weeks for elective in-patient treatment.

Last spring, the national health service submitted activity plans for 2006-07. These were for 8.2 million first out-patient attendances following GP referral (all specialties), 12.0 million total consultant-led first out-patient attendances (general and acute specialties), and 5.9 million elective hospital admissions (general and acute specialties). Activity plans for 2006-07 are currently being updated and resubmitted by the NHS.

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Walk-in Health Care

John Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) minor injuries departments, (b) accident and emergency departments and (c) walk-in centres were operational in England in each of the last five years. [65431]

Ms Rosie Winterton: National health service trusts self-report the number of accident and emergency (A&E) departments that they provide against definitions that the Department has set for each type of A&E. Separate information is also collected specifically on the number of walk-in centres in England. The information available is shown in the table.

Number of type one (major) A&E departments Number of type three A&E departments (minor injury and illness services including minor injury units) Number of walk-in centres





















Notes:(1) QMAE data used for type one and type three A&E departments for years 2002-03 to 2005-06. 2. KH03 data used for type one and type three A&E departments for year 2001-02. 3. Walk-in centre figures were not collected in QMAE prior to 2003-04, therefore figures from the walk-in centre monthly service report have been used for 2001-02 and 2002-03. 4. As at end March of relevant year except 2005-06 where position is at end December.

Work Force Statistics

Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will break down the Health and Social Care Information Centre NHS workforce statistics for (a) 1995 and (b) 2005 by Government office region. [69658]

Caroline Flint [holding answer 9 May 2006]: The national health service workforce statistics for 1995 and 2005 by Government office region have been placed in the Library.

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