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Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many rheumatology admissions to hospital there were in each year since 1997, as recorded by the Hospital Episodes Statistics database, broken down by whether the admissions were (i) ordinary and (ii) day-case. (249263)

The total number of ordinary, and day case admissions, to hospital where the main consultant specialty is recorded as rheumatology is given in the following table.

Day caseOrdinary2006-0762,70731,5772005-0656,93832,277 2004-0553,18331,5302003-0449,00331,4402002-0341,00332,2792001-0233,04134,0562000-0130,33135,5241999-200027,27537,0331998-9924,04536,9681997-9820,49638,9761996-9717,53840,053 Note: A finished admission episode is the first period of inpatient care under one consultant within one health care provider. Finished admission episodes are counted against the year in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of inpatients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.