HC Deb 14 July 1992 vol 211 c666W
22. Lady Olga Maitland

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what further improvements in waiting times the Government intend to make under the patients charter.

Mr. Sackville

On 12 May 1992, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, announced our intention to follow up the successful introduction of the two year guarantee with a new and additional guarantee that, from 1 April 1993, no-one should have to wait more than 18 months for a hip or knee joint replacement, or a cataract operation.