§ Mrs. Chalker
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what are the categories of eligibility for family income supplement; and how many applicants failed to satisfy each of them in the 12 months ending October 1975.
§ Mr. Meacher
The following is the information requested:
Memorial Hospital general surgery waiting list had been waiting more than one year. Of these, 59 had been waiting two years or more. No urgent cases have been waiting more than one month.
Current comparable figures are not readily available centrally for all other hospitals in the Northern Region. However, at the end of September 1975 a total of 8,623 patients were awaiting admission to general surgical beds in the Northern Region, 1,171 of whom had waited over one year.