§ Mr. Carter-Jones
asked the Minister of Health if he is aware of the decline in the availability of eye specialist services in the Eccles area; if he is aware of the delays experienced by babies and young children requiring eye specialist treatment; what action his Department will take to rectify this situation; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Snow
There has been no decrease in the hospital eye service facilities available at Rope Hospital which serves most patients from the Eccles area. There has, however, been a large and unexpected increase[...]n the number of out-patient referrals there this year which has caused some delays. The reasons for this increase are being investigated by the Regional Hospital Board. During this year the waiting list for squint operations at this hospital has been reduced.