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Inpatient and Outpatient Waiting Times statistics

This section contains information on the waiting times of inpatients and outpatients collected from English PCTs on a responsible population basis, and also from NHS Trusts on a provider basis.

Included are both commissioner based and provider based data collections:
• Hospital outpatient waiting times for 1st outpatient appointments following GP referral;
• Hospital inpatient waiting list information on patients who are waiting to be admitted for treatment;

The inpatient and outpatient waiting times were key measures in monitoring the progress towards the delivery of the Referral to Treatment target.

From March 2010, Referral to Treatment figures will be the only waiting times figures published by the Department of Health.

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