§ David Davis
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for an out-patient appointment in England in the last five quarters for which figures are available. 
§ Mr. Hutton
The table shows information on the average waiting time for a first consultant outpatient appointment from a general practitioner referral.
Average (median) waiting time for first outpatient appointment Year Quarter Median waiting time (weeks) 2001–02 4 7.58 2002–03 1 7.03 2002–03 2 7.15 2002–03 3 7.22 2002–03 4 7.34
Department of Health form QM08