§ Mr. Winterton
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will publish a table in the OFFICIAL REPORT showing the average time of waiting for tonsil and adenoid operations at the different hospitals within the area of the Merseyside Regional Health Authority; and if she will take steps to reduce this waiting period.
§ Dr. Owen
Averages are misleading as waiting times for admissions vary according to the circumstances of individual cases, but at the latest available date the length of time non-urgent cases on the waiting lists had waited at the hospitals shown were:
Ormskirk (Mr. Kilroy-Silk) on 24th May—[Vol. 874, c. 329–30.]—with regard to 367W steps being taken to reduce waiting lists in the Ear, Nose and Throat specialty as a whole in the region.