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Volume 407: debated on Thursday 19 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people had asthma in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear and (d) the UK (i) in 1980, (ii) in 1990, (iii) in 2000 and (iv) on the last date for which figures are available. [113270]

Information on the prevalence of individual conditions is not collected centrally. However, it is estimated that up to 4 per cent., of adults and 4 per cent. to 6 per cent., of children are affected by asthma severely enough to require medical supervision. This equates to around 2 million people in England or 2.5 million in the United Kingdom.Data are not collected at constituency level or for the year 1980, however data for hospital admissions due to asthma by District Health Authority for the years 1990–91 and by national health service trusts for the years 2000–01 are shown in the tables.

Primary diagnosis asthma (ICD9 code 493), district health

authorities, finished consultant episodes, count of finished in-year

admissions, NHS hospitals, 1990–91
District health authoritiesTotal finished in-year admission episodes
South Tyneside197
North Tyneside320
Primary diagnosis asthma (ICD10 code J45, J46), NHS trusts,

finished consultant episodes, count of finished in-year admissions,

NHS hospitals, 2000–01
NHS trustsTotal finished in-year admission episodes
South Tyneside healthcare NHS trust190
City hospitals Sunderland NHS trust341
Gateshead health NHS trust342
Newcastle upon Tyne hospitals NHS trust523
Northumbria health care NHS trust397


1. The primary diagnosis is the first of seven diagnosis fields in the HES data set, and provides the main reason why the patient was in hospital2. Figures in this table have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data


Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Department of Health