§ Mr. Jessel
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why a lady resident in east Twickenham, particulars of whom will be received in his Department shortly, has had to wait in pain and anxiety for four years for an operation on her foot at St. Mary's Hospital, Roehampton; and what action he proposes to take.
§ Mr. Moyle
I understand that when this patient first attended Queen Mary's Hospital early in 1974 the case was classified by the consultant concerned as being of relatively low urgency. There is unfortunately a considerable waiting time for such cases. Following further examination earlier this year the patient was transferred to the urgent list, and I understand that the hospital hopes to be able to admit her in the near future.