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Volume 130: debated on Wednesday 30 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will list, for each regional health authority in order of frequency, the total numbers of operations performed in each of the following categories in the latest year for which figures are available (a) kidney transplant operations (h) hip replacement operations, (c) heart surgery upon infants, (d) cataract operations, (e) male and female sterilisations and (f) terminations of pregnancy;(2) what information he has concerning the average National Health Service waiting times in each regional health authority for operations in each of the following categories

(a) kidney transplant operations, (h) hip replacement operations, (c) heart surgery upon infants, (d) cataract operations, (e) male and female sterilisations and (f) terminations of pregnancy; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 24 February 1988]: The total number of kidney transplants performed in 1987, by region, in which the operation was carried out according to information provided by the Unite Kingdom transplant service, is given in table I. Information on waiting times for kidney transplants is not collected centrally.Table 2 shows, for the remaining categories, the numbers of patients operated on in National Health Service hospitals in England during 1985 (the latest year for which the figures are available) and the median waiting times, in weeks, of those admitted from a hospital waiting list. These were estimated from a 10 per cent. sample of anonymised hospital records for in-patients and day-case patients.

Table 1
Regional Health AuthorityKidney transplants
East Anglian67
North West Thames97
North East Thames126
South East Thames181
South West Thames42
South Western89
West Midlands125
North Western79

Table 2

Estimated numbers and median waiting time in weeks of waiting list cases, selected operations, by region of treatment, National Health Service hospitals, England, 1985

In-patient cases treated region of residence





East Anglian

North West Thames

North East Thames

South East Thames

Operation on eye lensEst. No.59,1404,4404,9506,0603,3003,5403,2903,790
Med. W.T.1613211615171116
Interval sterilisation— FemaleEst. No.49,9103,2003,5506,3602,7003,8102,8803,300
Med. W.T.12121713117811
Termination of pregnancyEst. No.47,6503,8402,9305,9202,6804,4804,7703,330
Med. W.T.<1<1<1<1<1<1<1<1
Hip replacement operationsEst. No.37,6502,0602,4703,3301,5602,4803,6602,850
Med. W.T.2119202521131823
Sterilisation associated with deliveryEst. No.9,9728491,1211,372196653719555
Med. W.T.n/rn/rn/rn/rn/rn/rn/rn/r
Sterilisation associated with abortionEst. No.5,024301400608420315490279
Med. W.T.n/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a
Ligation or Vasectomy of Vas DeferensEst. No.3,710270310300130120360180
Med. W.T.12u/r712u/ru/ru/ru/r
Heart surgery: 0 to 4 yearsEst. No.2,12020019080nil100nil280
Med. W.T.2u/rnilu/rnilnilnilu/r

n/a—Not available.

n/r—Not relevant.

u/r—Small sample numbers—unreliable estimates.

In-patient cases treated

Day cases

South West Thames



South Western

West Midlands


North Western



Operations on Eye LensEst. No.3,4703,8002,1603,7905,0002,7405,4503,4001,570
Med. W.T.14182421271116106
Interval Sterilisation—FemaleEst. No.12,7703,3503,1103,2104,9601,7904,910n/r6,560
Med. W.T.1511141315910n/r16
Termination of PregnancyEst. No.1,7702,0503,2503,7202,8709304,72039025,820
Med. W.T.11<l11<11nil1
Hip Replacement operationsEst. No.2,6402,7302,0902,8404,0201,5503,3302060
Med. W.T.26281822241619u/rn/a
Sterlisation associated with DeliveryEst. No.14353274683921,1106641,110n/ru/r
Med. W.T.n/rn/rn/rn/rn/rn/rn/rn/rnil
Sterlisation associated with AbortionEst. No.190295319350360145552n/anil
Med. W.T.n/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/anil
Ligation or Vasectomy of Vas DeferensEst. No.19047015049035080310u/r42,080
Med. W.T.u/r9u/r12u/ru/r7nil10
Heart Surgery: 0–4 yearsEst. No.nil200503024047040240u/r
Med. W.T.nilu/rnilu/ru/r1u/ru/rnil