§ Mr. Heddle
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many patients are currently awaiting orthopaedic surgery, on a region-by-region basis; and if he will break the statistics down by the following age groups; (a) 40 to 50 years, (b) 51 to 55 years, (c) 56 to 60 years, (d) 61 to 65 years, (e) 66 to 70 years and (f) over 70 years.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
The following table shows the number of patients in each NHS region who were awaiting in-patient treatment in the speciality of traumatic and orthopaedic surgery on 31 December 1980, the most recent date for which figures are available. Age group statistics are not collected.
Region Number on waiting list Northern 5,599 Yorkshire 5,968 Trent 13,795 East Anglia 5,306 North-West Thames 8,157 North-East Thames 11,214 South-East Thames 10,731 South-West Thames 6,537 Wessex 8,606 Oxford 6,669 South-Westem 7,345 West Midlands 15,685 Mersey 7,039 North-Western 10,372 Boards of Governors Hospitals 1,262 England 124,285