§ Miss McIntosh
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what(a) the status is and (b) how many patients are on, each of (i) live waiting lists, (ii) planned waiting lists and (iii) suspended waiting lists; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Denham
At January 2001 there were 1.039 million people waiting for admission to hospital, 119,000 fewer than at March 1997. The published waiting list only includes those who are ready for treatment. Patients who are planned admissions will initially be admitted from the waiting list, but will also require subsequent planned episodes of care. Patients are only "suspended" if they are unfit for treatment. The number of patients suspended at end December was 76,6601.
Information is not collected centrally on the numbers of patients awaiting planned sequences of care.
1 This figure is the Trust based total
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