Brain: Injuries

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 1st June 2022.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people in the UK have been diagnosed with permanent brain damage.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

This information is not collected in the format requested. However, the following table shows a count of finished admission episodes with a primary or secondary diagnosis of brain damage in each of the last four years. The information for 2021/22 is not yet available.


Admissions with primary diagnosis

Admissions with primary or secondary diagnosis













Source: NHS Digital


  1. The data represents activity in English National Health Service hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector.
  2. A finished admission episode (FAE) is the first period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. This data shows FAEs which have been counted against the month and year in which the episode was completed. Admissions do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the period.
  3. The data includes the following diagnosis codes:

G93.1 Anoxic brain damage, not elsewhere classified

G93.9 Disorder of brain, unspecified

P11.2 Unspecified brain damage due to birth injury

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