HC Deb 28 June 1985 vol 81 c530W
Mr. Hickmet

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the incidence of hip replacement operations carried out within National Health Service hospitals both privately and on the National Health Service over each of the last three years.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

[pursuant to his reply, 17 June 1985, c. 54]: The available information is:

NHS hospitals, England—Estimated number of hip replacement operations
Year NHS patients Private patients Total
1981 32,410 2,370 34,780
1982* 32,170 1,560 33,730
1983 (provisional) 35,800 1,520 37,320
* Surgical activity in 1982 was generally affected by industrial action in the NHS.