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Child Malnutrition

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of child malnutrition levels in each of the last 10 years. (74154)

Malnutrition occurs when a deficiency, excess or imbalance of energy, protein, and other nutrients causes measurable adverse effects on tissue, function and clinical outcome.

Data on child malnutrition levels in each of the last 10 years can be obtained from the hospital episodes statistics (HES) which uses the international classification for diseases (ICD) to record and collate hospital admissions data. Malnutrition is defined by a primary diagnosis between the ICD-10 codes E40 to E46. The data from HES for child malnutrition in each of the last 10 years is shown in the table.

Count of finished admission episodes and patients where primary diagnosis is malnutrition in children under 18 at national health service hospitals, England 1995-96 to 2004-05

Finished admission episodes

Patient counts

1995-96

22

n/a

1996-97

38

n/a

1997-98

43

21

1998-99

26

14

1999-2000

24

18

2000-01

24

20

2001-02

15

14

2002-03

22

19

2003-04

18

14

2004-05

16

15

Source: HES, The Information Centre for health and social care