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Mesothelioma: Merseyside

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in Merseyside have been diagnosed with mesothelioma in each of the last five years, broken down by hospital trust. (157106)

The information requested has been set out in the following table.

National health service hospitals in England, 2001-02 to 2005-06

Wirral Hospital (RBL)

St. Helens and Knowsley Hospitals (RBN)

Cardiothoracic Centre—Liverpool (RBQ)

Aintree Hospitals (REM)

Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology (REN)

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals (RQ6)

2001-02

28

37

31

26

***

*

2002-03

11

22

26

26

***

7

2003-04

10

14

50

20

***

*

2004-05

33

24

46

17

136

*

2005-06

22

10

62

27

100

*

Notes:

1. Diagnosis (primary diagnosis)

The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 14 (seven 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.

2. Count of finished consultant episodes (FCEs) where the primary diagnosis was Mesothelioma** for selected Acute Trusts in Merseyside.

** The ICD-10 codes used in this analysis were as follows:

C45 Mesothelioma

D19 Benign neoplasm of mesothelial tissue

3. Data on FCEs are currently not available from 2001-02 to 2003-04 for Clatterbridge Centre of Oncology.

4. An FCE is defined as a period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one health care 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.

5. Low numbers

Due to reasons of confidentiality, figures between 1 and 5 have been suppressed and replaced with * (an asterisk).

6. Assessing growth through time

HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. During the years that these records have been collected within the NHS there have been ongoing improvements in quality and coverage. These improvements in information submitted by the NHS have been particularly marked in the earlier years and need to be borne in mind when analysing time series.

7. Changes in NHS practice also need to be borne in mind when analysing time series. For example a number of procedures may now be undertaken in out-patient settings and may no longer be accounted in the HES data. This may account for any reductions in activity over time.

8. Ungrossed data

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

Source:

HES, The Information Centre for health and social care