HC Deb 27 November 2003 vol 415 cc372-3W
Mr. Leigh

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking, in response to the 45th Report of Session 2001–02 by the Committee of Public Accounts on Inpatient and outpatient waiting in the NHS, to reduce the regional variations in (a)waiting lists, (b)waiting times and (c) different specialisms. [142561]

Mr. Hutton

The Department has put a number of measures aimed at reducing inpatient and outpatient waits in the National Health Service and to improve access as outlined in the NHS Plan. Local action continues to implement these measures in reducing local variations in waiting lists, waiting times and different specialties.