Drugs (Self-Administration)

Health written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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Photo of Alan Meale Alan Meale Labour, Mansfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients are attending NHS hospitals and clinics whose condition is a direct result of the self-administering of drugs, broken down by region.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

Data on the number of admissions to hospital which are drug related are shown in the table. The information is broken down by strategic health authority areas.

Count of finished in-year admission episodes by strategic health authority (SHA) of treatment—NHS hospitals, England 2002–03
SHA of treatment Finished

in-year admission episodes

Q01 Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire HA 3,198
Q02 Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire HA 915
Q03 Essex HA 941
Q04 North West London HA 821
Q05 North Central London HA 947
Q06 North East London HA 1,532
Q07 South East London HA 1,153
Q08 South West London HA 645
Q09 Northumberland, Tyne and Wear HA 3,642
Q10 County Durham and Tees Valley HA 3,259
Q11 North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire HA 3,130
Q12 West Yorkshire HA 4,927
Q13 Cumbria and Lancashire HA 3,765
Q14 Greater Manchester HA 3,211
Q15 Cheshire and Merseyside HA 3,987
016 Thames Valley HA 2,331
Q17 Hampshire and Isle of Wight HA 3,063
Q18 Kent and Medway HA 1,288
Q13 Surrey and Sussex HA 2,473
Q20 Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire HA 2,388
Q21 South West Peninsula HA 2,446
Q22 Dorset and Somerset HA 1,220
Q23 South Yorkshire HA 2,029
Q24 Trent HA 4,104
Q25 Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland HA 969
Q26 Shropshire and Staffordshire HA 1,847
Q27 Birmingham and the Black Country HA 4,642
Q28 Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire HA 1,561
England 66,434

The Department does not collect information on the number of patients who attend (but are not admitted to) national health service hospitals and clinics as a result of the self-administering of drugs.

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