HC Deb 08 December 1958 vol 597 cc12-3
11. Mr. P. Wells

asked the Minister of Health the average waiting period for entry to the Kent and Canterbury Hospital of patients needing an operation.

Mr. R. Thompson

The average varies according to specialties, and for cases other than emergencies ranges from an average of four weeks for gynaecology to 59 weeks for orthopaedic surgery.

Mr. Wells

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that a consultant of this hospital recently stated that the hospital was in a state of chaos, that patients were scattered all over the top floor, that one woman had been moved twice in 48 hours and died, and that a patient making application now for admission would have to wait until May or June before having any hope of admission; is he further aware that the chairman of the group hospital board recently stated that no improvements would be made until four or five years had elapsed? Cannot the hon. Gentleman give a more hopeful answer than that?

Mr. Thompson

I am aware of the report to which the hon. Gentleman referred, but I am bound to say that the figures for this hospital relating to patients on the waiting list—of course, not to emergency cases—do not, taken as a whole, compare unfavourably with others in the region.

Mr. Wells

The position is still very unsatisfactory.

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