§ Mr. Thomas Cox
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what is the average waiting time for patients requiring operations in National Health hospitals in the London Borough of Wandsworth;
(2) what is the average waiting time for patients requiring operations in National Health Service hospitals in the Greater London Council area.
§ Mr. Alison
Waiting times for admissions vary according to the clinical circumstances of each case and the specialty involved. Urgent cases are admitted without delay. An average waiting time would have little meaning and statistics are not available on this basis nor in relation to local government areas.