HC Deb 26 July 1951 vol 491 c82W
74. Mr. F. Maclean

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that there is a waiting list of over 1,300 cases requiring operations for tonsils or adenoids, or both, including 100 urgent cases at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary; that not more than six cases are dealt with per week; that at the present rate those at the bottom of the list may have to wait five years before being operated on: and if he will state the reasons and what steps he is taking to improve matters.

Mr. Blenkinsop

Yes. I understand that the difficulty is shortage of E.N.T. beds, which the regional hospital board plan to remedy as quickly as possible by more than doubling the number.