§ Mr. Wainwright
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his latest estimate of the number of patients awaiting admission to the Huddersfield royal infirmary and St. Luke's hospital, Huddersfield, in each of the main specialties and the average length of time waited in each area.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
The information available centrally is given in the table. The hon. Member may wish to write to the chairman of the Huddersfield district health authority who may be able to let him have information on the average lengths of time waited.
Numbers of persons on the inpatient waiting list on 31 December 1982 Hospital and Specialty Number waiting Huddersfield Royal Infirmary General surgery* 431 Ear, nose and throat 999 Traumatic and Orthopaedic* 429 Ophthalmology 295 Urology 59 Oral Surgery 510 Gynaecology 386 Total—all specialties 3,109 St. Luke's Hospital Geriatrics 76 Total—all specialties 76 * The waiting list for this specialty is common to both the Royal infirmary and St. Luke's hospital.