§ Dr. Wright
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information is available on the clinical performance and effectiveness of different treatment centres in relation to paediatric cardiac surgery.
§ Mr. Sackville
The information currently available centrally is from routinely collected data such as the annual hospital episode statistics prepared by the Government Statistical Service, copies of which are available in the Library. The Department is considering a recently received application for funding of a pilot study for clinical audit of paediatric and adult surgical procedures in cardiothoracic centres.