HC Deb 10 May 1988 vol 133 cc142-3
17. Mr. Gow

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what action he is taking to reduce waiting lists at the Eastbourne district general hospital.

Mrs. Currie

In addition to the improvements that we are seeking within existing resources, last year we made an extra £110,000 available to Eastbourne from the waiting list fund. This was used for nearly 100 additional hip operations. This year we have increased the allocation to £155,000, and it will be used for gynaecology and ear, nose and throat patients.

Mr. Gow

Is my hon. Friend aware that for some specialties the waiting lists in Eastbourne are becoming longer, as is the time involved? Does she agree that for a woman to have to wait two years for a hysterectomy is absolutely unacceptable?

Mrs. Currie

My hon. Friend raised these issues in his Adjournment debate on 29 April. I assure him that there has been a good deal of activity in Eastbourne since then. He was then particularly concerned about gynaecology. He has my firm promise that we will get the waiting lists down, and I will write to him in more detail by the end of the week.

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