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Heart Diseases: Staffordshire

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) Tamworth constituency, (b) the West Midlands and (c) Staffordshire have been treated for heart disease in each of the last five years. (132741)

The information is not available in the format requested.

However, information relating to finished consultant episodes (FCE) with a primary diagnosis of heart disease for the relevant organisations for 2001-02 to 2005-06 is shown in the following table.

National health service hospitals England

Tamworth, Burntwood and Lichfield Primary Care Trust

Staffordshire

West Midlands

2001-02

1,829

12,411

68,596

2002-03

1,834

12,294

74,248

2003-04

1,775

12,519

74,337

2004-05

1,886

12,663

74,429

2005-06

2,069

12,855

78,540

Notes:

Finished consultant episode (FCE)

An FCE is defined as a period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Please note that the figures do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the year.

Diagnosis (primary diagnosis)

The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 14 (7 prior to 2002-03) diagnosis fields in the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data set and provides the main reason why the patient was in hospital.

Primary care trust (PCT) and strategic health authority (SHA) data quality

PCT and SHA data were added to historic data-years in the HES database using 2002-03 boundaries, as a one-off exercise in 2004. The quality of the data on PCT of Treatment and SHA of Treatment is poor in 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99, with over a third of all finished episodes having missing values in these years. Data quality of PCT of GP practice and SHA of GP practice in 1997-98 and 1998-99 is also poor, with a high proportion missing values where practices changed or ceased to exist. There is less change in completeness of the residence-based fields over time, where the majority of unknown values are due to missing postcodes on birth episodes. Users of time series analysis including these years need to be aware of these issues in their interpretation of the data.

Data quality

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) are compiled from data sent by over 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts (PCTs) in England. The Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. Whilst this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain.

Ungrossed data

Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed).

Source:

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The Information Centre for health and social care.