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Hospital Waiting Lists

Volume 115: debated on Friday 1 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will improve the technological facilities available to general practitioners in Wales to enable them to provide up-to-date information to patients on waiting lists for hospital treatment everywhere in the United Kingdom.

GPs are private contractors and any improvement of technological facilities is therefore a matter for each practice to consider. The dissemination of hospital waiting list information is a matter for the district health authority. Generally in Wales such information is sent to GPs within the district, who are free to refer patients as they deem appropriate, both within and outside Wales, if the patients are willing to travel.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list by hospital the waiting lists for in-patient and out-patient treatment in the South Glamorgan area health authority.

The requested information is given in the following table:

Total waiting list as at 31 December 1986
University Hospital of Wales4,98111,523
Dental Hospital1,675
Children's ENT424480
Cardiff Royal Infirmary823314
Prince of Wales1,472
St. Davids3
Glan Ely
Barry Community
Amy Evans Clinic822
Neale Kent
Royal Hamadryad