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Death: Asthma

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many asthma-related deaths were recorded in each of the last five years. (252156)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 3 February 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many asthma-related deaths were recorded in each of the last five years. (252156)

The attached table provides the number of deaths where asthma was mentioned on the death certificate, either as the underlying cause or as a contributing factor, from 2003 to 2007 (the latest year available).

Table 1: Deaths from asthma1,2 in England and Wales3, 2003-074

Deaths (persons)

(i) Underlying cause

(ii) Any mention

2003

1,267

2,662

2004

1,264

2,669

2005

1,183

2,571

2006

1,082

2,569

2007

1,033

2,503

1 Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes J45-J46.

2 Figures shown as ‘any mention’ (column ii) include those where asthma was recorded as the underlying cause’(column i).

3 Figures for England and Wales include deaths of non-residents.

4 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.