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Cardiovascular System: Diseases

Volume 503: debated on Wednesday 13 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many lower limb (a) revascularisation and (b) angioplasty procedures were carried out in each strategic health authority in the NHS in each of the last five years. (309972)

We are unable to provide data for revascularisation. There are no specific codes for ‘revascularisation of lower limb’ in the national classification (OPCS-4) and cannot thus be separately identified.

Tables providing the number of finished consultant episodes (FCEs) with a primary or secondary procedure of angioplasty of the lower limb, by strategic health authority (SHA) of treatment for the years 2004-05 to 2008-09 have been placed in the Library.

In 2006-07 there was a SHA configuration change, where 28 SHAs merged into 10. For this reason, data for 2006-07 to 2008-09 is based on the new configuration and the data prior to this is based on the old configuration.

It should be noted that the number of FCEs does not represent the number of patients as a patient may have more than one episode within a year.

Reference should be made to the footnotes and clinical codes when interpreting the data.