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Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what benchmarking her Department has undertaken of comparative lengths of hospital stay (a) between hospitals in England and (b) between hospitals in England and those in other countries. 
Andy Burnham [holding answer 29 March 2007]: Data on length of stay by hospital in England is published annually by the Information Centre for Health and Social Care and can be found at www.hesonline.org. The median length of stay in hospital during 2005-06 was two days. Variation will reduce as the national health service continues to make progress towards its target of 18 weeks between referral and treatment.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) publishes annual data which shows that average length of stay in the United Kingdom compares favourably with those in many other countries. This data can be obtained from OECD.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many emergency readmissions there were in each quarter since the quarter ending June 2002; and what percentage of patients was readmitted as an emergency in each quarter. 
Andy Burnham: Currently the best computations of readmission rates are those released by the National Centre for Health Outcomes Development (NCHOD). They publish their data on a website at www.nchod.nhs.uk. Presently there are three years data from 2001-02 to 2003-04 at primary care trust (PCT) level. There are plans to produce an eight-year series up to 2005-06 at PCT and trust level. Other analyses could be produced only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts in (a) England and (b) each region have restricted consultant-to-consultant referrals in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. 
Andy Burnham: The information is not available centrally as this is a matter for the national health service locally. Activity is agreed and monitored locally through contracts between co-ordinating commissioners and providers.
The Department published on 14 December 2006 good practice Care and resource utilisation: ensuring appropriateness of care that outlines some techniques that aim to ensure a more effective initial assessment, resulting in improved patient progress through the system and thereby reducing delays. The techniques are
owned and agreed by clinicians, working in partnership across primary and secondary care, to deliver integrated, well-designed services. The document is available in the Library and at:
Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of patients have waited (a) under six, (b) six to 12 and (c) over 12 months for hospital inpatient treatment in each London primary care trust in each year since 2003. 
|London primary care trusts of responsibility , All London primary care trusts of responsibility , Method of admission: elective (waiting list and booked cases) , Counts and percentage of finished in-year admissions with a valid time waited , NHS hospitals, England 2002-03 to 2005-06|
|1 day to under 6 months||6 months to under 12 months||12 months and over|
|Finished in-year admissions||Percentage waited 1 day to under 6 months||Finished in-year admissions||Percentage waited 6 months to 12 months||Finished in- year admissions||Percentage waited more than 12 months||Number of elective waiting list and booked admissions where it is not possible to calculate accurate waiting times|
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