HC Deb 25 January 1951 vol 483 c292
35. Mr. Steward

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that cases have occurred where patients requiring their tonsils removed, upon applying to a number of hospitals, have been informed that they will have to wait two years; and what steps he proposes to take in the matter.

Mr. Marquand

The waiting period varies in different areas, and in some has been increased by the need to suspend operations while poliomyelitis was present. So far as resources permit, additional units and operating sessions are provided.

Mr. Steward

Will the Minister not agree that this state of affairs is hardly an advertisement for our National Health Service?

Mr. Marquand

I cannot see what it has to do with whether it is national or private in a situation of this kind.

Mr. Sydney Silverman

Can my right hon. Friend say how long these patients would have had to wait if they had to wait until they had enough money to pay for treatment?