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Heart Operations

Volume 124: debated on Thursday 17 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what information is available as to indicate the

Operations performed during quarter ending
March 1984June 1984September 1984December 1984March 1985June 1985September 1985December 1985March 1986June 1986September 1986December 1986
Operations affecting Myocardium36462928321812821453440
Insertion of pacemaker345143464248494134414138
Heart valve replacement1818101012103412261312
Operations on Septum within Heart Cavity1011325151236
Other Heart operations1620483914131389

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what figures are available to him to indicate average waiting periods for heart surgery in Northern Ireland in relation to those in regions in Britain and elsewhere in the European Economic Community.

current waiting lists in Northern Ireland for each category of heart operation at present and at each quarter since December 1983;

(2) what information is available to indicate the number of patients on the waiting list for heart operations since December 1983 who have died before having their operation.

The table shows the total waiting list for cardiac surgery at the end of each quarter since December 1983. A recent review of waiting lists means that the figure at 30 September 1987 is not comparable with those at earlier dates. Information is not held centrally on the type of operation required by patients on the waiting list or on the number of patients who die before their operation.

Waiting list for cardiac surgery
31 December 1983444
31 March 1984476
30 June 1984428
30 September 1984431
31 December 1984389
31 March 1985457
30 June 1985434
30 September 1985359
31 December 1985468
31 March 1986454
30 June 1986459
30 September 1986407
31 December 1986409
31 March 1987442
30 June 1987447
30 September 1987607

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what figures are available to indicate by category and by hospital the number of heart operations performed in each quarter since December 1983.

The royal Victoria hospital is the only hospital in Northern Ireland which carries out cardiac surgery. The numbers of heart operations notified to the Department through the hospital activity analysis scheme are shown below.It is estimated that this scheme captures data on 90 per cent. of cases treated at the royal Victoria hospital.

The table shows the number of patients on the cardiac surgery waiting list at 30 September 1987 by waiting time.

Waiting time


Less than three months124
Three and less than six months72
Six and less than 12 months112
One and less than two years114
Two and less than three years54
Three years and over131

Because of regional differences in the designation of cardiac and thoracic surgery, it is not possible to compare the Northern Ireland figures with those for other parts of the United Kingdom or the European Economic Community.