Figures released by the Government Statistical Service show that the number of Welsh residents waiting for hospital admission on 30 September was 74,269 - down 1,747 on 31 August. Welsh health minister Jon Owen Jones welcomed the 'positive downward trend' but condemned as 'completely unacceptable' a further rise in the number of patients waiting more than 12 and 18 months for treatment. The number of people waiting more than six months for a first outpatient appointment also rose.

NHS Wales Hospital Waiting Lists: September 1998. Copies from 01222-825064.

See News Focus, page 9.