Health Services: Young People
Anne Milton (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Public Health), Health; Guildford, Conservative)
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We are advised that the overall increases in finished admission episodes (FAE) and accident and emergency (A&E) attendances for people under the age of 18 are not statistically significant. However, in both cases the major identifiable causes of increase are respiratory conditions. FAE for respiratory disease increased from 124,558 in the period January to August 2010 to 134,339 in the same period in 2011, an increase of 9,781 FAE (51% of the total increase in FAE). A&E attendances for respiratory conditions increased from 77,706 in the period January to August 2010 to 90,506 in the same period in 2011, an increase of 12,800 A&E attendances (10% of total increase in A&E attendances). The single largest increase in A&E attendances was attributed to ‘Diagnosis not classifiable’ which represented 56% of the total increase in attendances.
We accept that the care of children and young people with respiratory conditions is an area for improvement and is recognised as such in the NHS Outcomes Framework 2012-13. Under ‘Helping people to recover from episodes of ill health or following injury’ an area for improvement is “preventing lower respiratory tract infections (LRU) in children from becoming serious. 3.2 Emergency admissions for children with LRU”.