§ Mr. Sproat
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people have been kept waiting for admission to hospital in Aberdeen for more than 3, 6 and 12 months, respectively.
§ Mr. Gordon Campbell
At 31st March, 1972, the latest date for which figures are available, 618 patients had been on a waiting list for admission to hospital, other than maternity, mental and mental deficiency hospitals, for six to 12 months and 428 for more than 12 months. About 100 and 200 respectively were patients who had already had treatment and were awaiting recall to enable progress to be reviewed.
Information about those who had waited three to six months is not readily available, but 3,207 had been waiting up to six months.
Patients requiring urgent treatment are, of course, immediately admitted.