Northern Region

Oral Answers to Questions — Hospitals – in the House of Commons am 12:00 am ar 8 Rhagfyr 1958.

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Photo of Mr Charles Grey Mr Charles Grey , City of Durham 12:00, 8 Rhagfyr 1958

asked the Minister of Health if he will give the approximate number of persons waiting for hospital beds in the Northern Region; and how many of these have been waiting for three months, six months, nine months and for longer periods, respectively.

Photo of Mr Richard Thompson Mr Richard Thompson , Croydon South

Information in the precise form requested is not available, but of the 24,000 people awaiting admission on 31st August about 13,000 had been waiting less than 4 months, 6,000 between four and 12 months and 5,000 over a year.

Photo of Mr Charles Grey Mr Charles Grey , City of Durham

Could the Minister tell us how this compares with the rest of the country?

Photo of Mr Richard Thompson Mr Richard Thompson , Croydon South

If the hon. Gentleman is speaking in terms of the national average, the Newcastle Regional Hospital Board's waiting list is almost identical, per thousand of population, with the national average.

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Warrington

Can the hon. Gentleman say whether the breakdown of these figures gives a result comparable with that in the Midlands?