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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of cases of pleural plaques in residents of Sunderland.
The Department has made no recent estimate of the number of cases of pleural plaques in residents of Sunderland. However, information on the number of finished consultant episodes (FCEs) with a named primary or secondary diagnosis of pleural plaques (ICD-10 code J92) in the Sunderland Primary Care Trust (PCT) area has been set out in the following table.
|Number of FCEs with a named primary or secondary diagnosis of pleural plaques|
|Sunderland Teaching PCT|
| Notes: |
1. A FCE is a continuous period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. FCEs are counted against the year in which they end. Figures do not represent the number of different patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the same stay in hospital, or in different stays in the same year.
2. The number of episodes where this diagnosis was recorded in any of the 20 (14 from 2002-03 to 2006-07, and seven prior to 2002-03) primary and secondary diagnosis fields in a Hospital Episode Statistics record. Each episode is only counted once, even if the diagnosis is recorded in more than one diagnosis field of the record.
NHS Information Centre for health and social care