HC Deb 12 March 1992 vol 205 cc636-7W
Mr. Amos

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operations were carried out by the Northern regional health authority in 1979, 1987 and the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Dorrell

[holding answer 5 March 1992]: Operating theatre cases and sessions data have been collected annually since 1987–88 although the figures are not necessarily equivalent to the number of surgical operations carried out. Theatres are sometimes used for medical procedures requiring a sterile environment; some minor operations are performed outside a theatre.

Operating theatre activity figures Cases treated in surgical acute specialties, Northern Regional Health Authority
Year Cases In-patients Day cases
1979 1137,014 129,718
1987–88 235,444 1175,281 2
1988–89 243,403 3174,101 351,996
1990–91 250,864 3183,851 358,688
1 Hospital discharges.
2 The quality of 1987–88 figures for day cases was adversely affected by the introduction of new collection systems in the National Health Service.
3 Finished consultant episodes.