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In-Patients (Children)

Volume 407: debated on Monday 23 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital in-patient spells there were in England in (a) 1996–97 and (b) 2001–02 of children aged (i) under one year and (ii) aged one to five years with diagnoses of congenital anomalies; how many had diagnoses of (A) central nervous system anomalies, (B) cleft lip and/or palate, (C) anomalies of the heart and circulatory system, (D) anomalies of the alimentary system, (E) anomalies of the genital organ, (F) anomalies of the urinary system, (G) anomalies of the musculoskeletal system including limb reductions, (H) Down syndrome and (I) other chromosomal anomalies; and if he will make a statement on trends over the past five years. [120165]

The number of hospital in-patient spells in England for children aged under one year with a primary diagnosis of congenital malformations, deformations or chromosomal abnormalities have fallen from 31,222 in 1996–97 to 30,750 in 2001–02. There has also been a fall in in-patient hospital spells for children aged one to five years from 22,533 in 1996–97 to 22,346 in 2001–02. Detailed information for 1996–97 and 2001–02 has been placed in the Library.