HC Deb 27 October 1987 vol 121 c243W
35. Mr. Kirkhope

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the reduction in the in-patient waiting list in the Leeds eastern district.

Mr. Newton

The latest available figures for March 1987 show that 6,064 people were on the in-patient waiting list in the Leeds eastern district health authority. Whilst the total list size is now some 7.1 per cent. higher than in March 1986, there has been a welcomed continuing fall in the numbers waiting over one year. On 31 March 1987, 907 people had been on the list for more than a year, 32.6 per cent. fewer than in March 1986.

Leeds eastern DHA has received £425,300 from the waiting list fund, for projects to enable its hospitals to treat 2,050 additional waiting list cases in 1987–88. This is in addition to the measures being taken to reduce waiting lists within existing resources.

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