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Varicose Veins: Surgery

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many varicose vein operations were carried out in the NHS in each of the last three years; and what the cost was of such operations in each year. (121414)

The number of varicose vein procedures carried out in the national health service in 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 and the cost to the NHS were as follows:

Number of procedures

Estimated cost to the NHS (£ million)

2003-04

42,810

41.6

2004-05

37,340

39.6

2005-06

35,316

40.2

The number of procedures were obtained from the reference costs data 2004, 2005 and 2005-06 and the total costs were calculated using the unit costs from the same source. The estimates:

cover planned, both day case and elective, admissions for services provided by NHS trusts and primary care trusts but do not include non-elective procedures or procedures carried out in the out-patient setting;

include the costs of excess bed days;

exclude any services commissioned or contracted out to non-NHS providers.