Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

Health written question – answered on 18th July 2011.

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Photo of Hugh Bayley Hugh Bayley NATO Parliamentary Assembly UK Delegation

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were treated for alcohol-related illnesses in (a) York, (b) North Yorkshire and York primary care trust area and (c) England in each year since 1997.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The information is in the following table. These data should not be described as a count of people as the same person may have been admitted on more than one occasion.

We have not been able to include data for 1997-98 to 2001-02 as requested as alcohol attributable fractions are only available from 2002-03.

Number of finished admission episodes which are estimated to be alcohol-related for England, York local authority (LA), and North Yorkshire and York primary care trust (PCT) of residence; 2002-03 to 2009-10
  Activity in English NHS h ospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector
  England York LA North Yorkshire and York PCT of residence
2002-03 510,778 1,926 8,087
2003-04 570,108 2,134 9,130
2004-05 644,738 2,483 9,981
2005-06 736,054 2,791 10,391
2006-07 802,066 2,878 10,862
2007-08 863,566 2,725 11,484
2008-09 945,470 3,252 12,662
2009-10 1,056,962 3,280 14,808
Notes: 1. Alcohol-related admissions. The number of alcohol-related admissions is based on the methodology developed by the North West Public Health Observatory (NWPHO), which uses 48 indicators for alcohol-related illnesses, determining the proportion of a wide range of diseases and injuries that can be partly attributed to alcohol as well as those that are, by definition, wholly attributable to alcohol. Further information on these proportions can be found at: www.nwph.net/nwpho/publications/AlcoholAttributableFractions.pdf The application of the NWPHO methodology has recently been updated and is now available directly from HES. As such, information about episodes estimated to be alcohol related may be slightly different from previously published data. 2.PCT/SHA data quality. In July 2006, the NHS reorganised strategic health authorities (SHAs) and primary care trusts (PCTs) in England from 28 SHAs into 10, and from 303 PCTs into 152. As a result data from 2006-07 onwards are not directly comparable with previous years. Data have been presented for those SHA/PCTs which have valid data for the breakdown presented here. As a result some SHA/PCTs may be missing from the list provided. See the following table. It should be noted that in 2005-06 Craven, Harrogate and Rural District PCT, Hambleton and Richmondshire PCT, Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale PCT and Selby and York PCT merged to form North Yorkshire and York PCT of residence. 3. SHA/PCT/LA of residence. The SHA, PCT or LA containing the patient's normal home address. This does not necessarily reflect where the patient was treated as they may have travelled to another area for treatment. 4. Assessing growth through time. HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage (particularly in earlier years), improvements in coverage of independent sector activity (particularly from 2006-07) and changes in NHS practice. For example, apparent reductions in activity may be due to a number of procedures which may now be undertaken in outpatient settings and so no longer include in admitted patient HES data. 5. Number of episodes in which the patient had an alcohol-related primary or secondary diagnosis. These figures represent the number of episodes where an alcohol-related 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 HES record. Each episode is only counted once in each count, even if an alcohol-related diagnosis is recorded in more than one diagnosis field of the record. 6. Data quality. HES are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts PCTs in England and from some independent sector organisations for activity commissioned by the English NHS. The NHS Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The NHS Information Centre for health and social care
PCT of r esidence 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06
Total 8,087 9,130 9,981 10,391
Craven, Harrogate and Rural District PCT 2,532 2,693 2,704 2,913
Hambleton and Richmondshire PCT 1,036 1,575 1,892 1,799
Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale PCT 1,794 1,723 1,827 1,717
Selby and York PCT 2,725 3,138 3,557 3,962

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