Press release

Statistical Press notice: NHS Inpatient and outpatient events

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The following statistics were released today by the Department of Health: NHS inpatient and outpatient waiting: elective admission events occurring…

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The following statistics were released today by the Department of Health:

NHS inpatient and outpatient waiting: elective admission events occurring during the quarter ending 31 March 2012

The key points from the latest release are:

Inpatient Events

The number of decisions to admit has increased by 80,000 (1.5%) to 5.6 million, similarly the number of elective admissions from the list has increased by 116,000 (2.3%) to 5.1 million from 2010/11 to 2011/12.

Outpatient Referrals and attendances

The number of GP referrals made has decreased by 165,000 (1.4%) to 11.5 million and the number of other referrals made has increased by 325,000 (4.8%)to 7.1 million compared to 2010/11.

First attendances at consultant outpatient clinics have increased by 63,000 (0.4%) to 16.9 million and total attendances increased by 842,000 (1.6%) to 52.8 million compared to 2010/11.

Did not attend (DNA) rates for first outpatients appointment was 8.4% compared to 8.6% for 2010/11.

Full tables are available on the DH website.

Published 25 May 2012