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Heart Surgery (Waiting List)

Volume 981: debated on Tuesday 18 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) how many children with congenital heart disorders are awaiting (a) investigatory operations and (b) surgery in each of the health regions;(2) what is the total number of patients waiting for (

a) investigatory operations and ( b) open heart surgery in each of the health regions at the latest available date;

(3) what is the current waiting period for ( a) men, ( b) women and ( c) children for (i) investigatory operations and (ii) open heart surgery in each of the 14 health regions.

The information requested is not available centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The numbers of people (all ages) on the waiting lists for cardiology and for thoracic surgery (which includes cardiac surgery) respectively in each region on 31 March 1979 are given below. The figures distinguish between urgent and non-urgent cases and also show the number of urgent cases on the waiting list for more than one month and the number of non-urgent cases on the list for more than a year.





All cases

Cases on list more than one month

All cases

Cases on list more than one year

Total of all cases

Thoracic Surgery1268416445290
Thoracic Surgery806924353323
Thoracic Surgery938434933442
East AngliaCardiology986212110
Thoracic Surgery504291179
North West ThamesCardiology826719629278
Thoracic Surgery832423338316
North East ThamesCardiology704419539265
Thoracic Surgery302356586
South East ThamesCardiology8473376134460
Thoracic Surgery291911223141
South West ThamesCardiology719912106
Thoracic Surgery1313
Thoracic Surgery1572387
Thoracic Surgery271340
South WesternCardiology3440
Thoracic Surgery12318110193
West MidlandsCardiology4813595280643
Thoracic Surgery367307459167826
Thoracic Surgery997999
North WesternCardiology342116933203
Thoracic Surgery7941501135580
Boards of GovernorsCardiology1262936312489
Thoracic Surgery20513928565488
(TOTAL)Thoracic Surgery1,3088762,6955884,003