HC Deb 08 December 1958 vol 597 c29
38. Mr. Grey

asked the Minister of Health if he will give the approximate number of persons waiting for hospital beds in the Northern Region; and how many of these have been waiting for three months, six months, nine months and for longer periods, respectively.

Mr. R. Thompson

Information in the precise form requested is not available, but of the 24,000 people awaiting admission on 31st August about 13,000 had been waiting less than 4 months, 6,000 between four and 12 months and 5,000 over a year.

Mr. Grey

Could the Minister tell us how this compares with the rest of the country?

Mr. Thompson

If the hon. Gentleman is speaking in terms of the national average, the Newcastle Regional Hospital Board's waiting list is almost identical, per thousand of population, with the national average.

Dr. Summerskill

Can the hon. Gentleman say whether the breakdown of these figures gives a result comparable with that in the Midlands?

Mr. Thompson

Not without notice.