§ Ms Blears
The Government are committed to improving services for the elderly and mentally ill. National service frameworks have been published for both mental health services and those for older people, setting out new standards of care with targets for delivery.
I understand that Swale Primary Care Trust is currently considering options to improve waiting times for elderly and mentally infirm patients and also to improve access to mental health services.
§ Mr. Hutton
The table shows published figures for the number of patients waiting for elective admission at national health service trusts in England at month end. Figures for April 2002 are the latest available. Data for June will be published on 9 August.
Patients waiting for elective admission: NHS Trusts, England Month end Number March 1997 1,158,004 December 2001 1,050,221 March 2002 1,035,365 April 2002 1,046.265
Department of Health form KHO7