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Contains information on the waiting times of patients and waiting lists collected from English PCTs on a responsible population basis, and also from NHS Trusts on a provider basis. Hospital inpatient waiting list information on patients who are waiting to be admitted for treatment and elective admission events that include decisions to admit, admissions, failure to attend, removals, deferrals and suspensions. Contains information on NHS patients resident in England who are waiting to be admitted for treatment as a day case or ordinary admission. It does not include:
* patients admitted as emergency cases.
* outpatients.
* patients undergoing a planned programme of treatment e.g. a series of admissions for chemotherapy.
* expectant mothers booked for confinement.
* patients already in hospital.
* patients who are temporarily suspended from waiting lists for social reasons or because they are known to be not medically ready for treatment.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Waiting List & Elective Admissions Time

Number of patients waiting for admission by weeks of waiting.

Inpatient, waiting time, waiting list, admission, elective admission, non price rationing, rationing
Identifier Variables
SHA, PCT, NHS trust, NHS foundation trust
Economic/Subject Categories
Quality, Outcomes
Area of Health System
Secondary care
Data collecting organization (s)
Department of Health
Data Type
Coverage (date of field work)
1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Unit of Analysis

Patients from all English PCTs and NHS trusts who are waiting to be admitted.

Department of Health
Conditions of Access
Free access
Tel: 01132545957,
Martin RM, et al. NHS waiting lists and evidence of national or local failure: analysis of health service data. BMJ 2003; 326: 188