asked the Minister of Health how many names are on the waiting list for motorised tricycles for disabled people; and what percentage of these people have been waiting for periods of more than three, six, nine and 12 months, respectively.
750 on 12th November; 28 per cent., 17 per cent., 10 per cent. and 11 per cent. respectively. In most of the cases where people have been waiting more than six weeks the reason is difficulty in finding a suitable garage; and nearly all the applications more than six months old are for electrically propelled tricycles for which special storage and charging facilities are necessary at the patient's home.