§ Mr. Kirkwood
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate, for the most recent year for which figures are available, what percentage of those patients considered suitable for a heart transplant in fact received one.
§ Mrs. Currie
Information is not readily available in the form requested. Returns from the heart transplant centres at Papworth, Harefield and Newcastle show that between 1 April 1985 and 31 March 1986, 145 National Health Service patients received heart transplants, and that during the same period 284 National Health Service patients were assessed for transplantation, though a number of these will have been considered unsuitable and some others may have had a transplant after 31 March 1986.