§ Mr. Blunkett
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the latest estimate available to her of the annual number of operations in(a) NHS hospitals and (b) private hospitals in England for (i) hip replacement, (ii) cataract and (iii) varicose veins.
§ Mr. Sackville
We do not collect information on activity in private hospitals. For national health service hospitals the latest available information through the hospital episode statistics is shown in the table.309W
Estimated number of finished consultant episodes in national health service hospitals, England, 1989–90 Operation Number of completed episodes Operations for removal of cataract 92,184 Operation on varicose vein of leg 63,320 Hip operations 50,790