§ 15. Jeff Ennis
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the number of heart operations carried out in the NHS in the past 12 months. 
§ Ms Blears
The National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease target of an extra 3.,000 heart operations for March 2002 has been met a year early. Provisional figures suggest that between September 2000672W and September 2001, there were over 25,000 angioplasty operations and approaching 23,000 bypass operations. An extra £30 million has been allocated this year to further increase the number of heart operations.