§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he is aware that the waiting time for in-patient orthopaedic treatment in South-West Wales hospitals is 14 months, that for tonsils and adenoids in adults it is 13 to 14 months, that for gynaecology it is 10 months at Carmarthen and 17 months at Haverfordwest and that for general surgery it is eight months at Carmarthen and 14 months at Haverfordwest; and how these times compare with other areas in Wales and with the average waiting times in England and Wales.
§ Mr. Peter Thomas
Yes. The Welsh Hospital Board and South-West Wales Hospital Management Committee are considering how best to improve the position. Comparable figures for other areas in England and Wales are not readily available.