Injuries: Fireworks

Health written question – answered on 18th December 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) if he will estimate the cost of firework-related injuries to the NHS in the last 12 months;

(2) how many people were admitted to hospital for firework-related injuries in England in the last 12 months.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department does not collect the cost to the national health service of treating firework-related injuries. There were 164 finished admission episodes of people admitted to hospital with an external cause code of W39—Discharge of Firework—in 2011-12(1). This figure is not a count of all admissions for firework-related injuries, only those with this specific external cause recorded.

(1) Note: A finished admission episode (FAE) is the first period of inpatient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. FAEs are counted against the year in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of inpatients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.


Hospital Episode Statistics, Health and Social Care Information Centre

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