Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 12 September 2018.

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Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Labour, Houghton and Sunderland South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the research conducted by the Health Service Journal, published on 8 May 2018, if he will make an estimate on the number of patients at risk of developing a venous thromboembolism as a result of the decline in assessments being undertaken.

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

In the third quarter of 2017/18, England as a whole continued to achieve the 95% NHS Standard Contract threshold for venous thromboembolism (VTE) risk assessments. Of the 3.7 million admitted adult inpatients for whom data was reported in this collection, 3.5 million (95%) were risk assessed for VTE on admission.

NHS Improvement is working with providers to ensure that they are meeting this target on a consistent basis and that any variation is reduced to ensure patients are kept safe.

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