To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 28 January 2003,Official Report, column 803W, on cancelled operations, what monitoring will be undertaken centrally to ensure that hospitals are meeting the guarantee set out in the NHS Plan. 358W
§ Mr. Hutton
In line with the NHS Plan cancelled operations guarantee, data are collected on the numberof patients still waiting for an operation 28 days after their operation was originally cancelled by the hospital for non-clinical reasons on the day of surgery. As part of these data returns, from Quarter 4 2002–03, National Health Service trusts will be required to submit full data on where patients, who are breaches of the NHS Plan guarantee, have been treated; for example, at the same NHS trust, at another NHS Trust, in the private/independent sector or abroad.