§ Mr. Redmond
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will introduce into the patients charter a standard for the maximum delay for(a) the assessment and (b) the treatment of children with speech defects.
§ Mr. Malone
The patients charter already sets standards for maximum waiting times for in-patient treatment and out-patient treatment offered by hospital consultants. The national health service executive encourages the setting of challenging targets for other non-consultant out-patient clinics.