Diabetes

Health written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee, Chair, Home Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what estimated percentage of hospital beds were occupied by patients with diabetes in each primary care trust at the latest date for which information is available;

(2) how many people have been admitted to hospital in diabetes-related emergencies in the last 12 months.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

Information on the estimated percentage of hospital beds occupied by patients with diabetes in each primary care trust is not available in the format requested. The recent report 'Improving Emergency and Inpatient Care for People with Diabetes' estimates that around 10 per cent. of all hospital beds in the United Kingdom are occupied by people with diabetes.

The following table shows the number of people admitted to hospital in diabetes-related emergencies in 2006-07, the latest year for which figures are available:

Total emergency admissions to hospital in England in which a patient had a primary diagnosis of diabetes related condition in 2006-07
Total emergency admissions
2006-07 (1)43,822
(1) Finished admissions episodes (FAE): a FAE is the first period of inpatient care under one consultant within one health care provider. FAEs are counted against the year in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of inpatients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.

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