§ Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many National Health Service patients have received hip replacements each year since 1979; what was the average cost of each operation performed; and how many National Health Service patients are currently awaiting hip replacements.
§ Mr. John Patten
Waiting list information is available centrally by the specialty of treatment and not by operation. The available information on operations performed is given in the table.
Estimated number of operations for total hip replacement and other arthroplasty of hip in NHS hospitals in England Year Estimated number 1979 30,730 1980 33,420 1981 34,780 1982* 33,730 * In-patient activity was generally depressed by industrial action in the NHS during 1982.
The average cost of a hip replacement operation is estimated as some £2,700.