§ 88. Mr. Butler
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he has any plans to promote the efficiency of hospital out-patient departments.
§ Mrs. Currie
Health authorities are responsible for promoting and monitoring the efficiency of out-patient departments. A booklet "Reducing Waiting time in Out-Patient Departments" which gave advice on the organisation of an efficient out-patients department appointments system was issued to health authorities in 1985. Officials are now considering further initiatives to promote efficiency in out-patients departments.