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NHS: Hip Replacements

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many hip replacements per 100,000 of population were carried out in 2005 in (a) England; (b) Wales; (c) Scotland; and (d) Northern Ireland.[HL6777]

The data requested for Wales and Scotland are a matter for the devolved Administrations. During 2004-05, there were approximately 139 hip replacements per 100,000 of population carried out in National Health Service hospitals in Northern Ireland. The data available for England, which relate to the financial year 2004-05, are shown in the table.

Finished consultant episodes (FCE) for hip replacement operations per 100,000 of population (data for all NHS hospitals in England)

Number of FCEs

Population of England mid-2004

Operations per 100,000 of population




Code used: W37-W39.

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

FCE—defined as a period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. These figures do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the year.

All operations count as episodes—these figures represent a count of all FCEs where the procedure was mentioned in any of the 12 operation fields in a HES record. A record is included only once in each count, even if an operation is mentioned in more than one operation field of the record.