HC Deb 12 January 1987 vol 108 c46W
Mr. Geraint Howells

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish a list of area health boards in rank order according to the number of patients awaiting treatment in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Nicholas Edwards

The following tables show the health authorities in Wales ranked according to the numbers of in-patients and according to the numbers of out-patients on hospital waiting lists at 30 June 1986:

Number of in-patients
Powys 70
Gwynedd 2,013
East Dyfed 2,101
Pembrokeshire 2,794
Clwyd 4,872
West Glamorgan 4,955
South Glamorgan 7,764
Gwent 7,998
Mid Glamorgan 9,090

Number of out-patients
Powys 654
Pembrokeshire 2,156
Gwynedd 4,145
East Dyfed 5,648
Clwyd 8,822
Gwent 11,359
South Glamorgan 16,239
West Glamorgan 16,296
Mid Glamorgan 18,393

I am concerned at the length of time some people have to wait for hospital treatment in Wales and my officials are working closely with district health authorities to help them find ways of solving the problem. One million pounds has been distributed for 1986–87 and a further £1 million will be made available in 1987–88 to make an immediate impact on the worst bottlenecks.

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