Hip Replacements

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 25th January 2005.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon Shadow Spokesperson (Women), Shadow Spokesperson (Trade and Industry), Shadow Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport), Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the latest estimate is of the cost of carrying out a hip replacement operation on the NHS in Northern Ireland; and how many people are waiting for a hip replacement operation in Northern Ireland.

Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)

An average hip replacement operation cost £5,400 in 2003–04.

Waiting list information is not collected at procedure level, only at specialty level. At 30 September 2004, there were 5,668 patients awaiting admission to hospital in Northern Ireland in the trauma and orthopaedics specialty.

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