Joint Replacements

Health written question – answered on 11th February 2004.

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Photo of Sandra Gidley Sandra Gidley Women and Older People, Non-Departmental & Cross-Departmental Responsibilities

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the data will be made available for the financial year 2002–03 for the cost per operation of (a) hip and (b) knee replacements in each hospital trust; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of John Hutton John Hutton Minister of State, Department of Health, Minister of State (Department of Health) (Health)

The information requested has been placed in Library. The table contains the average unit costs (per operation) for each national health service trust in England for primary hip replacements and primary knee replacements where the operation is undertaken as an elective (planned) admission.

The data source is the Reference Costs 2003 Collection, relating to the financial year 2002–03, published on 5 February.

Calculation of the costs provided is based on all activity and costs associated with each procedure, regardless of the specialty in which the activity is recorded. The costs relate solely to services provided to NHS patient by NHS providers.

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