§ Mr. Barry Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will give details of the average waiting time for (a) inpatients and (b) outpatients in each of the district health authorities within Wales.
§ Mr. Wyn Roberts
The most recently available information on the length of time individual patients have waited for admission to hospital is taken from an analysis based on patients admitted from the waiting list and discharged during 1983. The figures are as follows:
District Health Authority Average number of days waiting for inpatient admission Clwyd 113 East Dyfed 74 Pembrokeshire 130 Gwent 130 Gwynedd 65 Mid Glamorgan 137 Powys 50 South Glamorgan 91 West Glamorgan 105
These figures do not reflect accurately the average waiting time for all inpatient admissions. They give no indication of the wide variation in waiting times for individual patients since this depends on the clinical judgment of the consultant in each case.
Comparable figures for outpatients are not available.