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Hospital Patients

Volume 227: debated on Wednesday 23 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in the Mid-Staffordshire health authority who have been referred by their general practitioner to a hospital consultant are currently not being put on an active waiting list and not being given any indication of when an appointment will be available.

This information is not available centrally. Patients who are referred to a hospital consultant by a general medical practitioner should either be seen immediately or put on an out-patient waiting list depending on their clinical priority. No one should have to wait to be put on an out-patient waiting list after he or she has been referred by his or her GP.