Accident and Emergency Departments

Health written question – answered on 12th February 2014.

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Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne Liberal Democrat, Taunton Deane

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) how many people presented at accident and emergency departments in England in each of the last five years;

(2) how many people who presented at accident and emergency departments in England were diagnosed as having (a) scurvy and (b) rickets in each of the last five years.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Detailed information about diagnosis conditions including for scurvy and rickets is available for hospital admissions but not specifically for accident and emergency attendances. The number of hospital admissions in England with a primary diagnosis of scurvy or rickets from 2008-09 to 2012-13 is shown in the following table.

Table: Finished admission episodes with a primary diagnosis of scurvy or rickets
  Scurvy Rickets
2008-09 7 95
2009-10 6 66
2010-11 8 66
2011-12 8 74
2012-13 18 65
Notes: 1. The table shows activity in English NHS Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector. 2. Finished admission episodes are not a count of patients as the same patient may be admitted more than once in a financial year. 3. It is not possible to identify the total number of scurvy or rickets cases diagnosed as some diagnoses may have occurred in a primary care setting. The figures are for diagnoses resulting in a hospital admission. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

The number of attendances at accident and emergency departments in England in each of the last five years is provided in the following table.

Table: Number of attendances at accident and emergency departments (all types) in England, 2008-09 to 2012-13
  Number of attendances
2008-09 19,588,344
2009-10 20,511,908
2010-11 21,380,985
2011-12 21,481,402
2012-13 21,738,637
Source: NHS England, weekly situation reports

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