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Cervical Incompetence: Childbirth

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Kate Osamor Kate Osamor Labour/Co-operative, Edmonton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many premature births linked to incompetent cervix condition were recorded in 2018.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Information is not collected in a way that would enable an assessment of the number of women that underwent loop electrosurgical excision procedures. Information is not collected centrally on the number of premature births linked to incompetent cervix conditions. A count of finished admission episodes (FAEs) with primary diagnosis of incompetent cervix, for female patients from 2016-17 to 2018-19 can be found in the following table.

Incompetent cervix

Incompetent cervix in pregnancy










Source: Hospital Episode Statistics, NHS Digital

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