asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what information he has on the average waiting period in the Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale health authority area for (a) a joint replacement operation, (b) a prostate operation and (c) a cataract operation; and if he will make a statement.
Information on average waiting periods for operations is available centrally from a 10 per cent. sample of hospital activity records. The numbers in this sample are too small for reliable estimates to be made for individual health districts. The lion. Member may wish to write to the chairman of the Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale district health authority for the information he requires.