HC Deb 05 February 2004 vol 417 c1054W
Mrs. Iris Robinson

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the longest period is that an individual has been waiting for(a) in-patient admission and (b) initial out-patient assessment in orthopaedic surgery. [152366]

Angela Smith

Information from health trusts in Northern Ireland indicates that, at the end of December 2003, the longest time an individual has been waiting for in-patient admission to the trauma and orthopaedics specialty is 2,808 days, and the longest time for an initial out-patient appointment is 3,485 days.

It should be noted, however, that over 80 per cent. of in-patients for trauma and orthopaedics and 90 per cent. of out-patients are seen in less than 12 months.