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Hospital Waiting Lists

Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many patients in Northern Ireland are currently awaiting admission to hospital for orphodaedic surgery; what percentage of these have been waiting (a) one year and (b) two years or more; what plans he has to enable a reduction in the waiting list; and if he will provide the same information for 1980;(2) how many patients in Northern Ireland are currently awaiting admission to hospital for general surgery; what percentage of these have been waiting

(a) one year and (b) two years or more; what plans he has to enable a reduction in the waiting list; and if he will provide the same information for 1980;

(3) how many patients in Northern Ireland are currently awaiting admission to hospital for ear, nose and throat treatment; what percentage of these have been waiting (a) one year and (b) two years or more; what plans he has to enable a reduction in the waiting list; and if he will provide the same information for 1980;

(4) how many patients in Northern Ireland are currently awaiting admission to hospital for plastic surgery; what percentage of these have been waiting (a) one year and (b) two years or more; what plans he has to enable a reduction in the waiting list; and if he will provide the same information for 1980.

[holding answer 14 December 1987]: The information requested is as follows:

In-patient waiting lists: Northern Ireland
At 30 June 1987
SpecialtyTotal Waitingper cent· waiting up to 1 yearper cent· waiting over 2 years
ENT4,97479·25·4
Plastic Surgery2,58640·038·3
Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery4,47161·822·0
General Surgery7,07670·916·8
Information on waiting times in 1980 is not available. The figures for 1981 are shown below.
In-patient waiting lists: Northern Ireland
At 30 June 1981
SpecialtyTotal Waitingper cent· waiting up to 1 yearper cent· waiting over 2 years
ENT14,28575·312·1
Plastic Surgery1,65253·924·5
Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery4,93340·739·8
General Surgery24,66274·414·2
1 This figure includes 100 patients for whom no breakdown of waiting time is available.
2 This figure includes 365 patients for whom no breakdown of waiting time is available.
In its regional strategy for 1987–92 the Department of Health and Social Services asked health and social services boards to develop programmes of management action to improve waiting lists and waiting times and to concentrate on those specialities with the greatest problems. In the strategy, boards were also asked to reduce waiting times for hip replacement operations from nine to six months.