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Childbirth (Statistics)

Volume 80: debated on Tuesday 11 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what information he has concerning the rates of use of general anaesthetic in childbirth in each of the different health regions.

[pursuant to his reply, 15 May 1985, c.165]: The available information is given in the table. It relates to the use of general anaesthesia with instrumental deliveries (caesarean section and forceps deliveries) only.

Estimated number of instrumental deliveries with general anaesthesia as a percentage of total deliveries and of instrumental deliveries: England
Regional Health AuthorityPercentage of total deliveries Percentage of' instru-mentaldeliveries
1982198319821983
Northern7·06·843·741·4
Yorkshire6·77·439·241·6
Trent6·46·128·026·4
East Anglian7·97·834·537·1
North West Thames7·86·540·932·4
North East Thames8·58·043·241·8
South East Thames7·84·136·121·3
South West Thames8·97·838·737·3
Wessex6·76·233·231·3
Oxford6·35·633·328·9
Southwestern8·98·139·537·8
West Midlands8·27·444·944·9
Mersey10·59·442·843·6
North Western8·98·744·745·8
✶Caesarian sections and forceps deliveries only.
†Provisional.