§ 10 and 11. Sir J. Langford-Holt
asked the Minister of Health (1) whether he will now make a statement on the hospital facilities available in Shrewsbury, following the representations made to him by the hon. Member for Shrewsbury;
§ (2) whether he will now make a statement on the waiting lists for surgical treatment necessary for patients in Shrewsbury, following the representations made to him by the hon. Member for Shrewsbury; and how this list and the waits involved compare with those for other areas.
§ Sir J. Langford-Holt
Does not the Minister agree that the waiting lists for the service in this area are among the worst in the country? In those circumstances, does he not realise that it is wholly inadequate for him to put forward proposals, as he has done, going as far ahead as 1971? Does he not realise that a great deal more urgency is needed?
§ Mr. Snow
I have said that the waiting lists are undesirably long. We are taking every action that we can within our resources. Arrangements are being made for the admission of patients to the R.A.F. Hospital at Cosford to help alleviate the situation. There has been a marked reduction in the total number on the surgical waiting lists. But I agree with the hon. Member that the position is unsatisfactory, and it will be reviewed the whole time. It is accepted as a bad case.
§ Following are the figures:17
|B. PERIOD OF WAIT BY PATIENTS ADMITTED FROM THE WAITING LISTS IN 1966 (EXCLUDING URGENT ADMISSIONS NOT FROM THE WAITING LIST)*|
|Percentage of patients waiting|
|Area||Under 6 months||6–12 months||12–24 months||24–36 months||Over 36 months|
|Shrewsbury Hospital Management Committee||…||…||76.5||13.8||8.0||1.7||—|
|Birmingham Regional Hospital Board||…||…||86.2||9.2||3.4||0.9||0.3|
|* Based partly on 10 per cent. sample.|