§ Dr. Roger Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many orthopaedic surgeons are employed by each of the health authorities in Wales who carry out hip replacement operations; and how many operations were carried out by each surgeon annually for the past five years.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
The following table shows, for each district health authority in Wales, the number of orthopaedic surgeons who carried out hip replacement operations in 1984.
Health Authority Number of orthopaedic surgeons (including locums)* Clwyd 6 East Dyfed 4 Pembrokeshire 3 Gwent 5 Gwynedd 3
Health Authority Number of orthopaedic surgeons (including locums)* Mid Glamorgan 8 Powys — South Glamorgan 10 West Glamorgan 8 Wales 42 * The figure for Wales is less than the total of the figures for individual health authorities because some consultants carry out operations for more than one health authority.
Questions on the numbers of operations carried out by an individual consultant should be referred to the appropriate health authority.