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NHS: Surgery

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) operations and (b) diagnostic tests were carried out by the NHS in each year since 1994-95; and if he will make a statement. (192987)

The number of finished consultant episodes where a procedure (and intervention in 2006-07) was in a main or secondary field for years 1994-95 to 2006-07 and the total activity for the 15 key diagnostic tests for the calendar year 2007 is shown in table 1. Information on diagnostic tests in the format requested is not available. Information on the 15 key diagnostic tests for 2007 is shown in table 2.

Table 1: National health service hospitals, England and activity performed in the independent sector in England commissioned by English NHS

Number of episodes

1994-95

5,468,249

1995-96

5,834,659

1996-97

5,925,915

1997-98

5,910,999

1998-99

6,471,037

1999-2000

6,533,311

2000-01

6,510,808

2001-02

6,436,388

2002-03

6,614,131

2003-04

6,773,546

2004-05

6,848,793

2005-06

7,216,643

2006-07

7,889,682

Source:

Hospital Episode Statistics, the Information Centre for health and social care.

Table 2: Total activity for each of the 15 key diagnostic tests in 2007

Diagnostic test

Total activity

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

1,289,708

Computer Tomography

2,408,295

Non-obstetric Ultrasound

4,039,423

Barium Enema

161,153

DEXA Scan

234,218

Audiology

1,113,947

Cardiology, echocardiography

799,055

Cardiology, electrophysiology

13,385

Neurophysiology

167,727

Respiratory physiology

65,899

Urodynamics, pressures and flows

85,835

Colonoscopy

258,880

Flexi sigmoidososcopy

176,167

Cystoscopy

288,209

Gasttroscopy

460,342

Total 15 tests

11,562,243