§ Mr. Ernie Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many mastectomies have been carried out in England in each of the past three years.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
Separate figures are not available for England. The latest available estimates for operations carried out in NHS hospitals in England and Wales are as follows:
Year Number 1977 37,670* 1978 40,570* 1979 41,930 * Excludes private patients.