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Oxygen: Medical Equipment

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England were dependent on a domiciliary oxygen system in their homes in each of the last 10 years. (250162)

Accurate data on the number of patients using home oxygen are only available from 1 November 2006 onwards.

The following table shows the number of users of the integrated home oxygen service.

Period

Estimated number of patients

1 November 2006 to 31 March 2007

79,000

1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008

82,000

1 April 2008 to 31 December 2008

83,000

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by (a) his Department and (b) each health trust on each type of prescribed domiciliary oxygen therapy in each of the last 10 years. (250163)

The budget for the Home Oxygen Service is held within the national health service. Accurate expenditure data on home oxygen are available from 1 November 2006 onwards.

Providing information in the requested format would breach commercial confidentiality.

The following table summarises spending on home oxygen by region:

£

Region name

1 November 2006 to 31 March 2007*

1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008

1 April 2008 to 31 December 20081

North West

4,428,660

11,575,379

10,183,134

West Midlands

3,587,287

9,487,444

8,609,073

Yorkshire and Humberside

3,063,742

7,719,610

6,974,471

London North

2,184,778

5,548,612

4,922,569

East Midlands

2,495,034

6,307,825

5,824,480

South West

4,044,487

17,165,947

13,145,760

Eastern England

4,772,468

13,989,942

12,061,541

South East London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex

3,205,077

9,168,251

7,782,469

South West London, Thames Valley, Hampshire and Isle of Wight

2,626,450

7,615,627

6,198,207

North East

3,358,987

9,507,091

8,077,418

Total

33,766,971

98,085,727

83,779,123

1Not full year.

Note:

Includes VAT