Health written question – answered on 28th March 2011.

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Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson Liberal Democrat, East Dunbartonshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of the number of people with a condition that requires the help of an allergy specialist for diagnosis and management.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

The information requested is not held centrally. In 2009-10, there were some 97,000 out-patient visits, including 39,000 first attendances, to out-patient clinics in the specialties of allergy, clinical immunology and allergy, and paediatric immunology and allergy. However, many patients with allergies will be managed in primary care or by specialists in other disciplines and estimates of the numbers concerned are not routinely available centrally.

Estimates of the prevalence of the most common or serious allergic conditions (asthma, rhinitis, eczema, anaphylaxis, food allergy, drug allergy) were presented in a supporting document to the Department's "Review of services for allergy" (2006).

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