§ Dame Irene Ward
asked the Minister of Health whether he has now considered the complaints from the appropriate committee in the area of the Newcastle Regional Hospital Board on the long waiting lists; and what action he proposes to take in the matter.
§ Mr. Walker-Smith
I assume that my hon. Friend has in mind an approach by the Northumberland Executive Council to the Board of Governors of the United Newcastle Hospitals about waiting time for out-patient appointments with consultants. I am awaiting the outcome of talks which I understand are to take place between the two authorities about this.