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Hospital Stays

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. [130078]

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.

Hospitals: Admissions

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. [118157]

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.


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Hospitals: Consultants

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. [121241]

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
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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:

Hospitals: Greater London

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. [128459]

Andy Burnham: The tables show the counts and percentage of finished in-year admissions with a valid time waited from 2002-03 to 2005-06, for all London primary care trusts of responsibility.

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
2002-03
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

5A9

Barnet PCT

15,299

84.1

2,126

11.7

766

4.2

1,802

5AX

Bexley PCT

13,076

82.8

1,715

10.9

998

6.3

1,148

5C1

Enfield PCT

10,117

73.5

2,119

15.4

1,533

11.1

2,555

5C4

Tower Hamlets PCT

8,798

82.9

1,283

12.1

536

5.0

125

5C6

Walthamstow, Leyton and Leytonstone PCT

5,198

68.1

1,420

18.6

1,011

13.3

221

5C7

Chingford, Wanstead and Woodford PCT

4,106

69.0

1,047

17.6

802

13.5

222

5C8

Redbridge PCT

8,615

76.5

1,463

13.0

1,179

10.5

1,139

5C9

Haringey PCT

10,273

82.2

1,555

12.4

676

5.4

1,999

5H1

Hammersmith and Fulham PCT

8,815

89.7

766

7.8

243

2.5

2,310

5HX

Ealing PCT

19,752

88.5

1,701

7.6

875

3.9

5,554

SHY

Hounslow PCT

7,870

83.5

1,147

12.2

403

4.3

10,094

5K5

Brent PCT

14,762

87.0

1,665

9.8

535

3.2

2,856

5K6

Harrow PCT

8,554

82.9

1,337

13.0

423

4.1

2,018

5K7

Camden PCT

10,858

88.4

1,037

8.4

388

3.2

1,160

5K8

Islington PCT

10,773

87.8

1,102

9.0

399

3.3

1,653

5K9

Croydon PCT

13,550

79.8

2,216

13.1

1,209

7.1

3,925

5LA

Kensington and Chelsea PCT

6,335

88.8

652

9.1

150

2.1

1,964

5LC

Westminster PCT

8,923

88.3

948

9.4

232

2.3

1,875

5LD

Lambeth PCT

14,051

82.9

1,894

11.2

1,003

5.9

1,904

5LE

Southwark PCT

13,231

83.4

1,690

10.6

948

6.0

1,798

5LF

Lewisham PCT

15,575

81.9

2,403

12.6

1,032

5.4

2,713

5LG

Wandsworth PCT

8,952

77.9

1,775

15.4

772

6.7

1,710

5M6

Richmond and Twickenham PCT

5,932

79.8

1,098

14.8

403

5.4

4,999

5M7

Sutton and Merton PCT

18,717

80.6

3,203

13.8

1,294

5.6

4,035

London PCT Total

262,132

82.6

37,362

11.8

17,810

5.6

59,779


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