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Surgery

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were conducted in each strategic health authority area in England in each of the last three years. (316753)

The number of finished consultant episodes (FCEs) where a main procedure or intervention was performed, broken down by strategic health authority (SHA) of treatment for the years 2006-07 to 2008-09 is shown in the following table:

SHA

SHA of treatment

2008-09

2007-08

2006-07

Total

9,274,423

8,606,493

7,888,074

Q30

North East SHA

572,040

531,912

491,678

Q31

North West SHA

1,394,767

1,294,042

1,143,980

Q32

Yorkshire and the Humber SHA

981,160

902,896

840,971

Q33

East Midlands SHA

700,812

664,188

616,908

Q34

West Midlands SHA

991,949

909,925^

876,376

Q35

East of England SHA

913,552

848,822

778,642

Q36

London Strategic SHA

1,403,602

1,304,337

1,206,929

Q37

South East Coast SHA

654,067

605,049

551,229

Q38

South Central SHA

611,945

575,613

505,462

Q39

South West SHA

1,050,513

969,707

875,898

Q99

Wales

16

2

0

Y

Unknown

0

0

1

Notes:

1. FCE is a continuous period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. FCEs are counted against the year in which they end. Figures do not represent the number of different patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the same stay in hospital or in different stays in the same year.

2. The main procedure is first recorded procedure or intervention in each episode, usually the most resource intensive procedure or intervention performed during the episode. In some cases a patient may undertake more than one procedure as part of the same episode. The data does not include the number of secondary procedures undertaken at the same time as the main procedures.

3. SHA of treatment indicates the strategic health authority where the treatment took place.

4. Where Wales is shown as the SHA of treatment, the figure relates to patients who were treated by an English independent provider who also have sites in Wales, where these treatments took place.

Source:

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care