§ Mrs. Dunwoody
asked how many people were on hospital waiting lists for (a) renal failure treatment, (b) geriatric care, (c) mental illness, (d) mental handicap and (e) child and adolescent psychiatry; and how many of these had been waiting for (i) over six months and (ii) over one year (1) at the latest available date, (2) in May 1979 and (3) in 1978.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
[pursuant to his reply, 10 May 1983, c. 267–8]: There is no waiting list for treatment for chronic renal failure since by the nature of this condition patients will die within a few weeks unless placed on a dialysis or given a kidney transplant. I understand that the number of patients in the United Kingdom who were on dialysis and had been notified to the United Kingdom transplant service as awaiting a kidney transplant were as follows:
Numbers 1 May 1978 1,192 1 May 1979 1,266 1 May 1983 2,332
Information as to the length of time spent awaiting a transplant is not available in the form requested.
Information on other waiting lists is not held centrally in the form requested. The available information is given in the following table: