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Cancer

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 991W, on cancer, how many (a) elective and (b) emergency bed days for cancer (i) in total and (ii) for each cancer type there were in 2006-07; what assessment he has made of the reasons for the trends in (A) elective and (B) emergency bed days for cancer since 1997-98; and what his latest estimate is of the average cost of (1) an elective and (2) an emergency admission for cancer (x) overall and (y) for each cancer type in the latest year for which figures are available. (184216)

Information on elective and emergency bed days in 2006-07, broken down by cancer type is not currently available.

The latest year for which cost estimates are available for cancer admissions is 2005-06.

The following table provides the average cost of an elective and an emergency admission for all cancers and for each cancer type in the latest year for which figures are available. Note that this includes day cases, which are within the definition of an admission, but exclude regular day and regular night attenders which are not defined as admissions. Figures are in 2005-06 prices.

£

Cancer site

Average cost per elective admission

Average cost per non-elective admission

Endocrine System

1,022

2,855

Gynaecology

1,741

3,035

Haematology

1,139

3,342

Head and neck

753

3,233

Lower gastrointestinal

2,239

3,925

Metastases

1,170

4,286

Multiple ICD10 codes

1,063

3,259

Musculoskeletal

1,483

3,705

Neurology

1,701

3,127

Other cancer

2,860

4,409

Skin

1,254

4,024

Thorax

908

3,329

Upper gastrointestinal

1,053

3,400

Urology

1,209

3,626

All cancers

1,165

3,334