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Waiting Lists

Volume 124: debated on Friday 18 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will set out, region by region, the March hospital urgent in-patient waiting list in each district, together with the number of urgent cases waiting more than a month, and the percentage the latter represents of the former.

A table giving the information requested has been placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will set out, region by region, for March, the hospital non-urgent waiting list in each health district together with the number waiting more than a year, and the percentage the latter represents of the former.

A table giving the information requested has been placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give, region by region, the March waiting lists for (a) general surgery, (b) trauma and orthopaedics, (c) ear, nose and throat surgery, (d) opthalmology and (e) gynaecology for each district, together with the percentage change from the figures for March 1986.

A table giving the information requested has been placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what additional resources he proposes to make available to (a) Hartlepool district health authority, (b) Sunderland district health authority and (c) Durham district health authority to enable the existing waiting lists to be reduced.

Hartlepool, Sunderland and Durham district health authorities have each been allocated additional resources from the waiting list fund for 1987–88 as follows:

DistrictAllocation (£)Additional patients planned
Hartlepool67,000200 in-patients
Sunderland302,400900 in-patients
1,900 outpatients
Durham43,830240 inpatients
400 outpatients
We shall shortly be asking regional health authorities for bids for 1988–89 projects to be supported through the national £30 million waiting list fund.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what progress is being made in computerising hospital waiting lists; and which regional or district authorities are experimenting with these procedures.

This information is not held centrally. Health authorities are currently engaged in a major programme of computerisation of their patient information systems. These will be capable of including information on waiting lists.