§ Mr. Peter Mills
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services by how much the waiting list for out-patients' appointments in the south-west of England has increased since the work to contract by the medical consultants.
§ Mr. Alec Jones:
Figures showing the comparative size of out-patient waiting lists throughout the South Western Region are not available. Since 2nd January, however, when the hospital consultants started industrial action, there has been a significant increase in waiting time for out-patients' appointments in many specialities at hospitals in the region.