HC Deb 13 July 1994 vol 246 c607W
Ms Primarolo

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what are the variations, adjusted by age and sex, in the number of cardiological procedures by purchaser; and what are the causes of these variations.

Mr. Sackville

[holding answer 4 July 1994]: Information about variations in the numbers of cardiological procedures by purchaser is not available centrally. The table shows the number of finished consultant episodes involving a heart operation in 1991–92 by region of residence of patient, expressed relative to the national total, England-100, adjusted for the age and sex distribution within each region.

The Government asked the Clinical Services Advisory Group to advise on access to and the availability of coronary bypass grafting. Its report, which also covers coronary angioplasty, published in March 1993, sets out the possible causes of variations in the services provided; a copy has been placed in the Library.

1991–92 index of finished consultant episodes involving a heart operation (England-100)
Northern 74
Yorkshire 133
Trent 89
East Anglian 79
North West Thames 156
North East Thames 149
South East Thames 124
South West Thames 89
Wessex 84
Oxford 83
South Western 59
West Midlands 83
Mersey 98
North Western 90
England 100

These figures are based on preliminary, unpublished, data from Hospital Episodes Statistics.

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