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Operations

Volume 129: debated on Wednesday 9 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if, for 24 February, he will give the total number of operations postponed in Scottish hospitals, the number in each health board and the number in each specialty in each health board;(2) if he will give the total number of operations performed in Scottish hospitals on 24 February, the number in each health board and the number in each specialty in each health board.

[holding answer 3 March 1988]: Health boards report that 792 operations were performed in Scottish hospitals on 24 February and that 818 were postponed because of industrial action on that day. (The latter figure differs from that given in reply to my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Perth and Kinross (Mr. Fairbairn) on 1 March because Argyll and Clyde health board's return erroneously included 80 operations which were in fact lost on other days; the remaining small difference is due to health boards revising their preliminary estimates.) Operations were postponed in seven out of the 15 health boards. Details are given in the tables.

Health Boards where operations were postponed on 24 February because of industrial action

Operations performed

Operations postponed

Argyll and Clyde

General surgery360
Orthopaedic25
Ear, nose and throat19
Ophthalmology14
Gynaecology217
8105

Ayrshire and Arran

General surgery14
Orthopaedic55
Ear, nose and throat34
Ophthalmology6
Urology9
Gynaecology12
Obstetric7
569

Grampian

General surgery719
Orthopaedic69
Ear, nose and throat10
Ophthalmology11
Urology151
Plastic4
Dental8
Paediatric927
Gynaecology211
Endoscopy18
Thoracic3
Radiological studies2030
73128

Greater Glasgow

General surgery1947
Orthopaedic925
Ear, nose and throat223
Ophthalmology219
Urology236
Plastic/Oral20
Dental49
Gynaecology1037
Neurosurgery13
Cardiac136
Gastroenterology3
Vascular4
Endoscopy2
Laser surgery6
Thyroid1
75228

Lanarkshire

General surgery451
Orthopaedic417
Ear, nose and throat10
Ophthalmology4
Urology27
Gynaecology237
Endoscopy4
ECT1
15146

Lothian

General surgery4357
Orthopaedic1327
Ear, nose and throat1734
Ophthalmology214
Urology3
Oral surgery11

Operations performed

Operations postponed

Plastic114
Paediatrics8
Gynaecology2622
Neurosurgery32
Cardiothoracic10
Cardiac3
Endoscopy3
Day bed9
Main theatre17
Burns1
Accident and emergency7
147191

Tayside

General surgery28
Orthopaedic194
Ear, nose and throat16
Ophthalmology3
Urology11
Plastic54
Dental14
Gynaecology/Obstetrics41
Trauma4
Neurosurgery33
14411

Health boards where no operations were postponed on 24 February because of industrial action

Operations

Borders Health Board

Emergency Surgery

11

Dumfries and Galloway

General surgery23
Orthopaedic6
ENT4
Maternity1
Emergency2
36

Fife

General surgery22
Orthopaedic13
ENT11
Ophthalmology4
Urology4
Oral surgery5
Gynaecology9
68

Forth Valley

General surgery19
Orthopaedic6
ENT5
Ophthalmology9
Urology11
Gynaecology9
Endoscopy10
Broncoscopy5
Emergency2
76

Highland

General surgery23
Orthopaedic9
Ophthalmology6
Gynaecology15
Endoscopy9
Angiogram5

Operations

Emergency7
74

Orkney

No operations were performed on 24 February as it was not an operating day

Shetland

General surgery7

Western Isles

General surgery12

1 24 February was not an operating day.