HC Deb 19 July 1984 vol 64 cc327-8W
Mr. Nicholas Baker

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the average delay between an application for a hip replacement operation and the operation in England and Wales.

Mr. John Patten

In 1981, the latest year for which information is available centrally, the estimated median interval between the date a patient was placed on the waiting list and the date of admission to an NHS hospital in England and Wales for a total hip replacement operation was 23 weeks.