Acute Hospital Services

Part of Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 1:54 pm on 21st February 2007.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley Shadow Secretary of State for Health 1:54 pm, 21st February 2007

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The hon. Member for Stockton, North might be right. Angioplasty is absolutely routine. However, primary angioplasty, which takes place when someone in a blue-light ambulance who has had a heart attack goes straight to having a balloon and a stent put in, instead of having thrombolysis, is not routine in this country. It happens in some places, but not in others.