Health written question – answered on 16th March 2009.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been admitted to hospital as a consequence of an allergic reaction to food in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

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

The following table provides data from the NHS Information Centre on finished admission episodes in 1997-98 to 2007-08 where the primary diagnosis is specific to food allergies.

Count of admissions to hospital where the primary diagnosis is specific to food allergies in 1997-98 to 2007-08, activity in English NHS hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector
Finished admission episodes
2007-08 3,728
2006-07 3,538
2005-06 3,078
2004-05 2,594
2003-04 2,390
2002-03 2,168
2001-02 2,072
2000-01 2,079
1999-2000 2,046
1998-99 1,688
1997-98 1,646

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