HC Deb 31 January 1990 vol 166 c209W
25. Mr. Teddy Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the average waiting time for patients in the Scottish Health Service in 1979; and what it is now.

Mr. Michael Forsyth

Average waiting times for non-urgent patients have fallen by 10 per cent. since 1979; around half of all patients admitted to hospital are admitted immediately.