Dog Excrement

Health written question – answered on 1st September 2004.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Liberal Democrat, Lewes

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) how many people are estimated to be treated in hospitals and health centres as a consequence of falls following contact with dog excrement on public byways and in public spaces;

(2) what the estimated cost to public health authorities of treating patients for injuries incurred as a result of falls due to contact with dog excrement (a) on public byways and (b) in public spaces has been in each year since 1997, broken down by strategic health authority.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

The information requested is not available centrally and it is not possible to estimate the cost.

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