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Musculoskeletal Disorders

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) emergency and (b) elective hospital admissions for musculoskeletal conditions were recorded by the Hospital Episodes Statistics database in each year since 1997-98, broken down by age group. (249245)

We are unable to provide the information as requested because the classification system of diseases (ICD-10) that is used to categorise the hospital episode statistics does not allow us to accurately collate admission data for people with diseases of the musculoskeletal system alongside people with other conditions that have musculoskeletal symptoms, or musculoskeletal implications.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many episodes of care entailed (a) a shoulder replacement, (b) an ankle replacement, (c) an elbow replacement and (d) a scoliosis correction procedure there were in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by provider organisation. (249259)

The information requested has been placed in the Library.

Unfortunately we are unable to provide data for ‘a scoliosis correction procedure’ as we cannot identify which procedures this term includes.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the (a) mean and (b) median waiting time has been since 1997-98 for an inpatient appointment with a diagnosis of pain associated with musculoskeletal conditions, as recorded in the Hospital Episodes Statistics database, broken down by area of commissioning responsibility; (249260)

(2) how many (a) emergency and (b) elective hospital admissions for pain associated with musculoskeletal conditions there have been in each year since 1997-98, as recorded by the Hospital Episodes Statistics database, broken down by strategic health authority area.

The Department does collect information related to admissions for musculoskeletal conditions. However, these are not classified by their association with pain.