§ Dr. Godman
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the current size of the waiting list for treatment of all kinds of Scottish hospitals; and how this figure compares with those for April 1979 and April 1983.249W
§ Mr. John MacKay
The available information on cases for hospital in-patient treatment is as follows:
Number 1979 (31 March) 76,616 1983 (31 March) 96,761 1984 (30 September) 82,937
The increase in existing lists caused by industrial action in 1982 is now being steadily reduced. Lists tend to overstate numbers of patients waiting for treatment, since they include duplicated entries and patients who no longer need treatment.