§ Sir Cyril Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the average waiting time in the Rochdale health authority for eye operations; how many persons are awaiting such surgery; and how many of those persons are over the age of 75 years.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
Information about the age and specific medical condition of patients on hospital waiting lists is not collected centrally. The latest available information about numbers of persons awaiting treatment in the ophthalmology specialty is given in the table.
In-patient waiting list, Ophthalmology specialty. Rochdale District Health Authority, as at 31 March 1989 Patients waiting Percentage breakdown by months waiting 0–2 3–5 6–8 9–11 12+ 860 21 21 14 14 31
Source: KHO7 return.
The percentages do not sum to 100 due to rounding.