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Surgery

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were carried out in NHS hospitals in (a) 2005 and (b) the last year for which figures are available. (220565)

The number of operations carried out in national health service hospitals is recorded as part of hospital episode statistics (HES) data, these data are collection annually.

Number of operations carried out in NHS hospitals

2004-05

6,848,793

2005-06

7,216,643

2006-07

7,889,682

Source: HES

Figures supplied by the Information Centre for health and social care.