§ Sir John Stanley
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the 10 most costly types of surgical operation currently being carried out under the national health service; and how many of each type were carried out in 1978 and in the latest year for which figures are available.
§ Mr. Dorrell
[holding answer 11 November 1991]: The information requested is not available. The costs of any particular treatment or procedure will vary according to the complexity of each case. The most costly types of operations will inevitably be among the most complex, such as double or triple transplants, which are performed only rarely.