HC Deb 19 October 1999 vol 336 c467W
26. Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been waiting in excess of one year for treatment. [92613]

Mr. Denham

At the end of August 48,900 patients (4.54 per cent. of the total list) had been waiting over a year for hospital admission. This is 23,000 lower than at the end of June 1998. In tackling waiting lists, we are reducing waiting times.