Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on Artificial Limbs on 25th November 1986.
Mr. Dubs Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people are waiting for artificial limbs to be (a) fitted or (b) repaired or adjusted.
Mr. Major The artificial limb service does not operate a waiting list. As soon as a patient is referred to one of the Department of Health and Social Security artificial limb and appliance centres and following medical examination and prescription, arrangements are made for the supply of an artificial limb or limbs. Duplicate artificial limbs are generally provided to cover the eventuality of the need for repairs or other adjustments to the limbs in use. Once provided with their prostheses, patients are then given an on-
In asking this question the hon. Member may have in mind the effect on patient services of the J. E. Hanger industrial dispute. Since the start of this dispute 78 patients have had their appointments postponed, several of which have now been re-