Table 1

Demographic features, case mix characteristics, and waiting outcomes of 1173 patients enrolled on the waiting list

Characteristics Number of patients (%) Period 1 Period 2
Age group
 abdominal aortic aneurysm repair327(27.9)192135
 carotid endarterectomy277(23.6)144133
 peripheral vascular disease surgery401(34.2)214187
 vascular access for haemodialysis168(14.3)63105
Urgency status
Enrolment period
 1—from 1 July 1994 to 31 March 1997613(52.3)
 2—from 1 April 1997 to 31 March 1999560(47.7)
Surgery received
 Within recommended times550(46.9)298252
 Beyond recommended times
  Due to the waiting list382(32.6)211171
  Due to delay in scheduling operation131(11.1)4883
Surgery not received
 Removed before recommended time expired23(2.0)149
 Removed after recommended time expired
  Due to the waiting list36(3.1)2016
  Due to delay in scheduling operation26(2.2)818
 Still on the list beyond recommended time
  Due to the waiting list13(1.1)103
  Due to delay in scheduling operation12(1.0)48