HC Deb 06 December 1988 vol 143 cc127-8W
Mrs. Dunwoody

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are currently on National Health Service waiting lists for general surgery(a) in the Crewe and Nantwich district health authority and (b) nationally.

Mr. Mellor

The latest figures show that, at 31 March 1988, there were 1,157 patients on the inpatient waiting list for general surgery in Crewe district health authority. The corresponding figure for England was 133,079.

Mr. Patnick

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what were the in-patient waiting list figures in March for the Trent regional health authority; and what were the figures for the previous year and 1979.

Mr. Mellor

The information is given in the table.

In-patient waiting lists, Trent regional health authority
Total of all cases
March 1979 72,864
March 1987 57,111
1 March 1988 54,894
1 on a comparable basis with previous statistics.