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Volume 124: debated on Friday 18 December 1987

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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 deaths8,0699,20010,70513,10813,779
Day cases2,5512,6392,5353,5073,758
Out-patient attendances53,82056,91365,01071,64671,273
Dryburn Hospital
Discharges and deaths12,54313,79514,10614,90814,974
Day cases1,8252,4642,4692,6983,262
Out-patient attendances101,030104,384106,549106,480107,935
Sunderland Royal Infirmary
Discharges and deaths7,1547,9128,2047,9358,526
Day cases6909389751,1371,245
Out-patient attendances80,36085,12493,79297,66394,630
Sunderland General Hospital
Discharges and deaths25,26926,95027,89828,85728,286
Day cases1,7092,5032,5662,9913,751
Out-patient attendances122,157128,920131,829135,758140,601

Source: SH3 1982–1986.