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Hospital Waiting Lists

Volume 972: debated on Tuesday 30 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will now make a statement about the monitoring of local action on hospital waiting lists and actions taken.

I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Lewis) on 23 July—[Vol. 971, c. 83.] In general we believe that it is for each authority to determine what action to reduce waiting lists is practicable and what priority such action should be given within available resources.