HC Deb 01 November 1988 vol 139 c596W
Sir John Farr

To ask the Secretary of State for Health to what extent waiting lists have been reduced for National Health Services operations and consultations.

Mr. Mellor

The most recent figures, for March 1988, show that, on a comparative basis with previous statistics, the waiting list for hospital in-patient treatment stood at 678,800. This is 1.3 per cent. lower than March 1987 and almost 10 per cent. lower than March 1979. Information on waiting time for out-patient consultations is not collected centrally.