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NHS: Doctors

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) first finished consultant episodes and (b) finished consultant episodes there were in the NHS in each year since 1990-91. (158467)

The following table shows the number of first finished consultant episodes (FFCEs) in each year since 1996-97 and the number of finished consultant episodes (FCEs) since 1990-91. Data on the number of FFCEs is not available prior to 1996-97. FFCE data is collected for general and acute specialties which do not include mental health, learning difficulties or maternity services. To enable comparison, FCE data has been supplied for general and acute, and the total for all specialties.

FCEs, England, 1990-91 to 2006-07

Commissioner-based

Provider-based

FFCEs general and acute only1, 2, 4, 6

FCEs general and acute only3, 7

FCEs all specialties7

1990-91

8,898,744

1991-92

9,091,323

1992-93

9,614,508

1993-94

10,097,884

1994-95

10,313,379

1995-96

10,923,489

1996-97

8,041,209

9,499,340

11,072,003

1997-98

8,261,092

9,969,619

11,532,895

1998-99

8,804,569

10,406,949

11,983,893

1999-2000

8,908,430

10,650,954

12,196,270

2000-01

9,077,189

10,740,791

12,264,676

2001-02

9,131,457

10,831,517

12,337,724

2002-03

9,408,120

11,187,854

12,712,153

2003-04

9,864,032

11,681,985

13,295,166

2004-05

10,204,097

11,961,873

13,706,450

2005-06

10,527,644

12,647,485

14,423,506

2006-075

10,585,850

1 Figures for years prior to 2006-07 have been rebased to allow direct comparison.

2 General and acute specialities do not include mental health, learning difficulties or maternity services.

3 General and acute main specialties defined as the following main specialty codes: 100-460, 502, 601, 620, 800-950.

4 1996-97 to 1999-2000 figures are from health authorities. With the abolition of health authorities, figures for 2001-02 and 2002-03 are based on returns from national health service trusts.

5 Figures are subject to revision when final outturn figures are received.

Sources:

6 Quarterly monitoring and monthly monitoring, Department of health.

7 Hospital Episode Statistics, the Information Centre for health and social care.