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Heart Surgery

Volume 130: debated on Monday 28 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what private hospitals are being paid to perform the heart operations necessary to enable the South Glamorgan health authority to meet his target of 600 heart operations per year; and how much each hospital has charged per operation done to meet this target.

South Glamorgan health authority is funded by the Department to provide an agreed level of open heart operations. The involvement of the private sector by the health authority in order to meet the agreed target is a matter for the authority. As a consequence, the information requested is not held centrally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if the cardiac surgeons employed by the South Glamorgan health authority are fulfilling their contracted National Health Service sessions to meet his target of 600 operations per year.

The consultant contracts are held by South Glamorgan health authority. The information requested is not available centrally.