HC Deb 24 November 1987 vol 123 c160W
25. Mr. Galbraith

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what recent discussions he has had with his Health Service managers concerning reductions in waiting lists.

Mr. Newton

The reduction of waiting lists and particularly waiting times figure regularly as an item for discussion in meetings between Ministers and officials and the chairmen and general managers of regional health authorities.

Mr. John Marshall

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the reduction in the waiting lists in the Barnet health authority.

Mr. Newton

In the six months to 31 March 1987 the total number of cases on the in-patient waiting list in the Barnet district health authority fell by 514 (12.7 per cent.), from 4,059 to 3,545. Over the same period the number of urgent cases waiting over one month fell by 78 (49.4 per cent.) from 158 to 80. The number of non-urgent cases waiting over one year fell by 273 (32.5 per cent.) from 840 (20.7 per cent. of the total list) to 567 (16.0 per cent. of the total list).

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