Diabetes: Children

Health written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Jamie Reed Jamie Reed Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have presented at accident and emergency departments direct from school requiring treatment for type one diabetes-related problems in the last year.

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

The following table shows a count of accident and emergency (A&E) attendances excluding planned attendances for children aged 0 to 17 with a diagnosis of “diabetes and other endocrinological conditions”.

We cannot distinguish between type 1 and type 2 diabetes in A&E data and the data may contain records of other endocrinological conditions.

It should be noted that A&E attendances do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have more than one attendance within the year.

Reference should be made to the notes when interpreting the data.

Activity in English national health service hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector
Incident location type Number of attendances
Educational establishment 105
Notes: 1. Accident and Emergency Hospital Episode Statistics (A&E HES) are compiled from data submitted by more than 160 NHS trusts and primary care trusts in England. 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. 2. A&E attendances in HES relates to the number of recorded attendances. A&E attendances do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have more than one attendance within the year. 3. HES is not the official source of total A&E activity; this is the NHS England situation reports collection: www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/ However, HES permits further analysis of A&E activity as there are a range of data items by which HES can be analysed. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre.

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