HC Deb 17 December 1962 vol 669 c865
46. Lord Balniel

asked the Minister of Health what steps he is taking to secure a significant reduction in hospital waiting lists.

Mr. Powell

Guidance on reduction of geriatric and similar lists has been issued. I am sending my hon. Friend a copy. Measures to reduce other lists will be recommended shortly.

Lord Balniel

Can my right hon. Friend say whether pilot schemes are being undertaken by hospitals to ensure that the information is available on which to base their recommendations so that they will be realistic and not merely academic exercises?

Mr. Powell

Yes. The recommendations in all cases are based on practical experience in a number of hospitals.

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