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Hospital Admissions

Volume 983: debated on Friday 25 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients are on the waiting lists for admissions to hospitals in each area board, and how many in each area have been waiting for more than one year.

The latest date for which information is available is 30 September when the following numbers of patients were on waiting lists:

Eastern Board16,382
Northern Board2,367
Southern Board2,570
Western Board2,466
Total23,785
Information is not routinely available on the length of time patients have been on waiting lists. However, my Department carried out a special survey in 1978, which showed that at 31 July of that year the following numbers of patients had been on waiting lists for more than one year:
Eastern Board4,613
Northern Board787
Western Board375
Southern Board890
Total6,665