HC Deb 02 December 1980 vol 995 c122W
Mr. Kilroy-Silk

asked the Secretary of State for the Social Services what are the ages, sexes, hospitals and lengths of wait of the 17 patients currently in special hospitals waiting a hospital place in the area of the North-East Thames regional health authority.

Sir George Young

As at 31 October 1980, there were two male patients at Broadmoor, aged 34 and 54, who have been waiting for a place for under one year. Two male patients at Moss Side aged 22 and 44 have been waiting for a place for between one and two years and between three and four years, respectively. The information on the 13 patients at Rampton is as follows:

need to employ locums; however, no doctor can be required to provide cover beyond his contractual obligations.

At 30 September 1979, 1,951 doctors were engaged as external locums in the hospital service in England and Wales.