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DoH releases inpatient and outpatient figures

28th November 2008

The Department of Health (DoH) has published statistics on NHS inpatient and outpatient waiting times figures up to October 31st.

The figures found the number of people waiting over 13 weeks was 40,800 – a decrease of 2,100 – 4.8 per cent – from the previous month and a fall of 23,400 – 36.4 per cent – since the same time in 2007.

Outpatient statistics released saw 42,000 members of the public waiting over eight weeks, a drop of 6,800 – 13.9 per cent – from September 2008, but a rise of 5,400 – 14.9 per cent – from October the year before.

The findings also saw 13,100 operations were cancelled “at the last-minute” for non-clinical reasons, a rise of 600 since the same time in 2007.

Of the annulments, 435 patients were not treated within 28 days, which compares to 615 in October the year before.

Earlier this week, the NHS announced the launch of a consultation to modernise healthcare science careers in the service.

The next phase of the proposals was unveiled at the annual conference of the DoH’s Chief Scientific Officer, professor Sue Hill.

She said: “Science and innovation are at the heart of delivering high quality healthcare fit for the 21st century.”

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