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Hospital Waiting Lists

Volume 887: debated on Thursday 6 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many patients are on the waiting list of Stockport hospitals; and what are the treatments required, the average delay in receiving treatments and the specific causes for delays.

The numbers of patients on waiting lists and the estimated average waiting times for the Stockport hospitals are as follows in the specialities shown:

SpecialtyNumberAverage waiting times: Months
General Surgery2,93912
Gynaecology1,95911
ENT (T and AS)1,35511
ENT (Other)1445
Ophthalmology3715
Orthopaedic Surgery34111
Dental Surgery1353
Geriatrics833
Sub-Normality1410
Emergencies are admitted immediately and other urgent cases are given priority. Delays can be due to a complex variety of interrelated causes, including shortages of resources.