HC Deb 23 February 1989 vol 147 cc782-3W
Mr. Butler

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he has on the incidence of infection of patients by surgeons infected with hepatitis B.

Mr. Mellor

The average annual risk of a patient developing acute hepatitis B as a result of infection by staff during surgical procedures has been estimated as one in a million operations (Polakoff, British Medical Journal 1986 volume 293 pages 33–36).

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