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.
|Financial year||Finished consultant episodes|
(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.