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Hospital Waiting Lists

Volume 13: debated on Friday 27 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people were on hospital waiting lists at the latest available date; what were the comparable figures for each year since 1970; and if he will break them down to show the specialities involved and the number of admissions for each speciality in each year.

The following table shows the total number of persons on hospital in-patient waiting lists at 31 December of each year from 1970 and the total number of deaths and discharges from hospitals in each of those years. The tables showing the breakdown of numbers by specialties and specialist units are of considerable bulk and I am writing with them to the hon. Member.

YearTotal Numbers on Waiting Lists at 31 DecemberDischarges and Deaths during the year to 31 December
1970525,9265,011,713
1971493,7315,170,791
1972479,1995,222,978
1973508,6175,132,302
1974517,4245,171,706
1975588,4834,975,750
1976607,1415,254,551
1977602,0915,544,967
1978682,4445,370,319
1979687,6865,400,120
1980640,1105,670,001