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Volume 176: debated on Wednesday 18 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many outbreaks of salmonella have occurred in national health service hospitals in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

The provisional totals for 1989 and to the week ending 13 July 1990 for reports to the public health laboratory service communicable disease surveillance centre of outbreaks of salmonellosis in national health service hospitals in England and Wales are nine and three respectively. Totals for previous years for comparison are 1986=19; 1987=11; 1988=11.

Finished consultant episodes (ordinary admissions and day cases) and treatment rates for ICD 290 to National Health Service Hospitals and Units, in England, during 1988–89
Aged less than 45Aged 45 to 64Aged 65 to 74Aged 75 to 84Aged over 85Total
Hospital episodes1001,0004,0009,1003,20017,400
Population (Millions)15·185·031·870·940·1723·19
Rate (per 1,000)0·010·202·139·6919·080·75
Hospital episodes1001,0004,80015,10010,30031,300
Population (Millions)14·725·142·341·640·5124·35
Rate (per 1,000)0·010·192·059·2320·171·29

Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research was completed on 14 March 1990. A valuation of other equipment is currently in hand.