§ Mr. Ashley
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people are on the waiting lists for hospital treatment in the Stoke-on-Trent area health authority area; and if he will list the categories of treatment required.
§ Dr. Vaughan
[pursuant to his reply, 12 February 1980]: At 30 September 1979, the latest date for which complete information is centrally available, 10,739 patients were on in-patient waiting lists in the North Staffordshire health district, which includes Stoke-on-Trent. By specialty, the numbers are as follows:
General Medicine 4 Dermatology 9 Neurology 32 Cardiology 103 Rheumatology 1 Geriatrics 186 Younger Disabled 10 General Surgery 2,848 Ear Nose and Throat 991 Traumatic and Orthopaedic 2,543 Ophthalmology 508 Radiotherapy 51 Urology 66 Plastic Surgery 902 Thoracic Surgery 83 Neurosurgery 96 Gynaecology 2,215 Mental Illness 63 Renal 13 Metabolic 15