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Liver Diseases

Health written question – answered on 27th June 2012.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the NHS of liver disease and related treatments in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department estimates that the total direct cost of liver disease to the national health service in 2009-10 was £860 million, as described in the following table.

Total estimated costs of liver disease on NHS services, 2009-10
Cost area Costs (£ million)
Primary care:  
General practitioner consultations 6.7
Secondary care:  
In-patient activity 636.7
Out-patient admissions 50.2
Accident and emergency attendances 8.4
Emergency ambulance journeys 33.1
Prescriptions dispensed in the community 65.7
Specialist treatment 59.6
Total 860.4
Source: Department of Health Estimate

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