§ Ms. Coffey
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will introduce into the patients charter a specified time limit within which renal patients will be guaranteed the disconnect system.
§ Mr. Sackville
Under the patients charter patients are guaranteed admission for treatment within a maximum of two years from the time they are placed on the waiting list. However, patients suffering from end-stage renal failure are not placed on waiting lists. As emergencies they are treated immediately by means of dialysis or kidney transplant.