HC Deb 21 October 1987 vol 120 c808W
Mr. Rooker

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what proposals he has for shortening waiting lists for orthopaedic surgery in Birmingham.

Mrs. Currie

The five Birmingham health districts are between them receiving £828,000 from the waiting list fund which will enable their hospitals to carry out 1,500–2,000 extra orthopaedic operations and take over 400 additional out-patient cases from the waiting list in 1987–88. The precise number of procedures performed will depend on case-mix. The projects being supported include the provision of an additional operating theatre at the Royal Orthopaedic hospital (Woodlands) which will have a continuing impact on the number of patients treated. In addition the Bromsgrove and Redditch District Health Authority is receiving £120,000 to treat 150 orthopaedic in-patients from the South Birmingham waiting lists, the people living within the East Birmingham District will benefit from a project to carry out over 130 extra orthopaedic operations for £75,000 in the Solihull DHA.