Health Services: Weather

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the (a) number of patients the NHS saw in summer 2018 because of heat-related illnesses and (b) total cost to the NHS of the extreme weather in summer 2018.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Information on the number of patients treated by the National Health Service for heat related illnesses is not collected in the format requested. Public Health England publishes weekly surveillance data highlighting the number of patients visiting general practitioners, emergency departments and contacting NHS 111 during 2018. This is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/syndromic-surveillance-weekly-summaries-for-2018

Information on the total cost to the NHS of the extreme weather in summer 2018 is not held centrally.

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