To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what were the number of operations carried out in Wales in 1978–79 and at the latest available date for (a) hip replacements, (b) cataracts and (c) open heart surgery.
The information on hipH-Sreplacements and cataracts is given for 1978, 1979 and 1989 (the latest available year) in the following table:
|Principal operations in National Health Service hospitals in Wales1|
|1 Figures may understate the true position in that not all hospitals provide complete clinical details relating to patient discharge and deaths.|
|2 Includes replacement of head of femur for 1989.|
Source: Hospital Activity Analysis.
Information available centrally prior to 1980 on open heart operations is derived from "Hospital Activity Analysis" and is likely to understate the true position in that not all hospitals provide complete clinical details relating to patient discharges and deaths. It is not directly comparable to later information. The numbers of open heart operations reported to have been carried out in national health service hospitals in Wales in 1978 and 1979 were 185 and 161 respectively. The latest available data, however, is provided by the centrally funded, regional cardiac centre at the University hospital of Wales and shows that the following number of operations were undertaken in 1991 and up to 29 February 1992.
1 As at 29 February.
2 Opened June 1991.