§ Mr. Shersby
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services in view of the six-month waiting period at Hillingdon hospital facing patients requiring treatment for urological conditions, what is 221W his policy for improving the resources available to the speciality in terms of operating time and beds.
§ Dr. Vaughan
I understand that there are waiting lists at Hillingdon hospital for all surgical specialities. The area health authority is exploring ways of reducing these, in particular the possibility of introducing day surgery or five-day wards. The allocation of operating sessions and beds between specialities in a particular hospital is a matter for local decision.