Minor Operations (Waiting Time)

Oral Answers to Questions — Hospitals – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th August 1966.

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Photo of Mr Nicholas Scott Mr Nicholas Scott , Paddington South 12:00 am, 8th August 1966

asked the Minister of Health what is the average length of waiting time for a non-urgent minor operation in the London area and the United Kingdom, respectively.

Photo of Mr Charles Loughlin Mr Charles Loughlin , Gloucestershire West

The time varies so much according to the operation that average figures would have little meaning, but such information as is available suggests that the waiting time for such operations is usually somewhat less in the Metropolitan Hospital Board regions than in the country as a whole.

Photo of Mr Nicholas Scott Mr Nicholas Scott , Paddington South

Is it not true that in respect of this type of operation on children the waiting period is such that considerable anxiety is caused to parents? What is the Minister doing to secure a reduction in the waiting time?

Photo of Mr Charles Loughlin Mr Charles Loughlin , Gloucestershire West

That is hardly the Question put on the Order Paper. I agree that even if operations affect adults—quite apart from children—there is some anxiety on the part of the patients themselves and the relatives. I assure the hon. Member that as far as humanly possible, given staff and resources, we are doing what we can to deal with the problem.