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Volume 958: debated on Wednesday 15 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will revise circular HC76/26 to give greater encouragement for the extension of preventive medicine by the use of qualified State registered nurses in a vaccination campaign to prevent rubella.

Paragraph 2 of the circular already encourages area health authorities to involve nursing staff in vaccination programmes and, as part of the preparations for the proposed rubella vaccination compaign, we will certainly consider how this can be emphasised.

Length of time on waiting list
SepcialtyUnder 3 months3–6 months6–12 months1–2 yearsOver 2 yearsTotal
General Medicine73111
General Surgery17661613513346
Ear, Nose and Throat2712733622881,194
Thoracic Surgery52923167
Dental Surgery3522262615124
Information on waiting periods as such is not available.