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Diabetes

Health written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Conservative, Kingswood

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients with Type 2 diabetes were admitted to (a) accident and emergency centres and (b) hospitals in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

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

Data for admissions to accident and emergency centres are not collected centrally. The number of finished admission episodes with primary diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes (Diabetes mellitus), by all and emergency admissions for 2008-09 to 2010-11, is in the following table:

2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
All admissions 27,395 29,525 32,946
Of which:      
Emergency admissions 15,392 16,569 17,335
Notes: 1. Finished admission episodes: A finished admission episode (FAE) is the first period of in-patient 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 in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year. 2. Primary diagnosis: The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 20 diagnosis fields in the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data set and provides the main reason why the patient was admitted to hospital; ICD-10 codes used: E11 Non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. 3. Data quality: HES are compiled from data sent by more than 400 NHS trusts and primary care 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. 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 out-patient settings and so no longer include in admitted patient HES data. 5. Activity included: Activity in English NHS Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The NHS Information Centre for health and social care

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