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Private Hospitals

Volume 84: debated on Monday 21 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many private hospitals are operating in the United Kingdom at the latest available date.

Information is not collected centrally for the United Kingdom. On 31 December 1984 there were 195 private hospitals registered under section 3 of the Nursing Homes Act 1975 and equipped with operating theatres in England (provisional figure) and 5 in Wales.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he has any information on the numbers of persons who have died following operations in private hospitals in 1984.

Records of deaths in 1984 occurring in non-NHS institutions have been examined and, excluding those occurring in military hospitals, there were 31 deaths where therapeutic misadventure had been coded and an operation recorded. In addition there were a further 178 deaths, where operation had been recorded on the certificate as well as other specified causes of death. It is not possible, from the information available, to determine whether the operation was carried out at the institute in which the patient died.