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Eye Patients (Port Talbot)

Volume 13: debated on Monday 23 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the current waiting period for patients at Port Talbot before they are able to see a consultant eye specialist; what it was two years ago; what the staffing was for eye treatment in 1979; what it is at present: and what are the reasons for the difference.

At 30 September 1981, the number of patients at Port Talbot General hospital waiting for a first out-patient consultation in the specialty of ophthalmology was 248 of which 165 had been on the list for three months or more. The corresponding figures for 30 September 1979, were 55 and 18. The Welsh Office does not hold details of staffing at clinic level. The right hon. and learned Member may wish to contact the West Glamorgan health authority for more detailed information.