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Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

Drugs: Babies

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were drug dependent at birth in each region in each of the last five years; and what the numbers of such children in the case of each type of drug were.

[Official Report, 6 May 2009, Vol. 492, c. 202-204W.]

Letter of correction from Dawn Primarolo:

An error has been identified in the second table provided in the written answer given to the hon. Member for North Norfolk (Norman Lamb) on 6 May 2009. I am sorry that two of the figures given as the totals for the years 2005-06 and 2004-05 were incorrect.

The correct table is as follows:

Counts of FCEs with a primary or secondary diagnosis of neonatal withdrawal symptoms from maternal use of drugs by SHA of residence for the period 2003-04 and 2005-06

Total finished consultant birth episodes

SHA of residence

2005-06

2004-05

2003-04

Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge SHA

*

*

*

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire SHA

12

16

10

Essex SHA

0

8

*

North West London SHA

11

11

11

North Central London SHA

12

13

*

North East London SHA

*

0

*

South East London SHA

*

*

*

South West London SHA

*

0

*

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear SHA

6

*

*

County Durham and Tees Valley SHA

17

30

40

North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire SHA

23

27

45

West Yorkshire SHA

12

11

27

Cumbria and Lancashire SHA

7

12

16

Greater Manchester SHA

10

8

11

Cheshire and Merseyside SHA

54

63

40

Thames Valley SHA

7

*

*

Hampshire and Isle of Wight SHA

*

9

7

Kent and Medway SHA

0

*

*

Surrey and Sussex SHA

13

11

13

Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire SHA

62

40

44

South West Peninsula SHA

17

17

10

Dorset and Somerset SHA

28

8

9

South Yorkshire SHA

*

*

*

Trent SHA

6

8

10

Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland SHA

21

*

0

Shropshire and Staffordshire SHA

13

6

12

Birmingham and the Black Country SHA

*

*

*

West Midlands South SHA

*

0

6

Other and unknown

860

873

817

Total

1,210

1,192

1,156

Notes:

1. ICD-10 diagnosis codes used:

P96.1 Neonatal withdrawal symptoms from maternal use of drugs of addiction.

P96.2 Withdrawal symptoms form therapeutic use of drugs in newborn.

2. Low numbers: Due to reasons of confidentiality, figures between one and five have been suppressed and replaced with ‘*’ (an asterisk).

3. Ungrossed data: Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed).

Source:

Hospital Episode Statistics, The Information Centre for health and social care

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