§ Mr. Shersby
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what action has been taken by the North West Thames regional health authority to speed up hip replacement operations; what was the percentage increase in total hip replacements over the period 1980 to 1984; and how this compared with the national increase.
§ Mr. Newton
The requested information is given in the table.
Estimated number of operations for total hip replacement or other arthroplasty of hip, NHS hospitals Estimated number Percentage change 1980–84 1980 1984 N W Thames Regional Health Authority 1,770 2,350 + 32.8 England 33,420 37,970 + 13.6
My hon. Friend may wish to contact the chairman of the North West Thames regional health authority for further information on its policy for hip replacement operations.