§ Mr. Gordon Wilson
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the waiting period overall for (a) coronary artery surgery and (b) heart valve surgery.
§ Sir George Young
Specific Information on waiting times for coronary artery surgery and heart valve surgery is not readily available and could not be obtained without disproportionate expense. In 1978, the mean waiting time in England and Wales for all operations on heart and intrathoracic vessels, based on a 10 per cent. sample, was 12.5 weeks. This figure does not include any time spent waiting for an out patient appointment.