To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what information he has as to the average waiting period for patients awaiting the removal of cataracts.
In 1985, the latest year for which information is available centrally, the estimated median interval between the time a patient was placed on the waiting list and admission to a National Health Service hospital in England for operation on an eye lens was 16 weeks.
|Number of patients treated in years 1982 to 1986—all specialties|
|Hartlepool General Hospital|
|Discharges and deaths||8,069||9,200||10,705||13,108||13,779|
|Discharges and deaths||12,543||13,795||14,106||14,908||14,974|
|Sunderland Royal Infirmary|
|Discharges and deaths||7,154||7,912||8,204||7,935||8,526|
|Sunderland General Hospital|
|Discharges and deaths||25,269||26,950||27,898||28,857||28,286|
Source: SH3 1982–1986.