Hospital Episode Statistics

Health written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS finished consultant episodes were recorded by hospital episode statistics in England in each year since 1979.

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

The Department holds finished consultant episode statistics recorded by hospital episode statistics for financial years back to 1989–90. For years prior to 1989–90, there is no comparable data collected centrally. The information available is shown in the table.

Hospital Episode Statistics, finished consultant episodes (FCEs)(32) NHS hospitals in England, 1989–90 to 2002–03
Financial year Finished consultant episodes
1989–90 10,321,556
1990–91 10,228,485
1991–92 9,919,020
1992–93 10,364,186
1993–94 10,597,979
1994–95 11,373,067
1995–96 11,041,554
1996–97 11,098,998
1997–98 11,601,203
1998–99 12,108,141
1999–2000 12,290,278
2000–01 12,476,470
2001–02 12,338,590
2002–03 12,756,260

(32) A FCE is defined as a period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Please note that the figures do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the year. The figures in the table include both in-patient and day cases.


Figures are grossed for coverage, except for 2001–02 and 2002–03, which are not yet adjusted for shortfalls.


Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Department of Health.

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