§ Mr. Barry Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the average size of the National Health Service in Wales waiting list for the latest year and for the five preceding years; and what amounts of cash he is making available to area health authorities to tackle the waiting lists.
§ Mr. Wyn Roberts
The average of the quarterly waiting lists for each year in the period 1977 to 1982 for all health authorities is shown in the following table:
Average in- patient waiting list Average out- patient waiting list 1977 34,953 59,406 1978 35,130 60,653 1979 38,919 59,538 1980 37,451 58,248 1981 33,677 58,170 1982 36,571 66,579
This Government are providing a record level of financial resources for the NHS in Wales this year. It is up to health authorities to manage the resources made available to them to ensure that care is provided as quickly and effectively as possible.