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Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patient deaths have been caused by myelodysplastic syndromes in each year for which figures are available. (321379)

I have been asked to reply.

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated March 2010:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many patient deaths have be caused by myelodysplastic syndromes in each year for which figures are available. (321379)

The table attached provides the number of deaths where the underlying cause was myelodysplastic syndromes in England and Wales, for the years 2001 to 2008 (the latest year available).

It is not possible from the information given at death registration to state whether the deceased was a patient at the time of death.

Individual causes of death are coded by ONS using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10). Myelodyplastic syndromes are given a specific ICD-10 code (D46), however equivalent information is not readily available for years before 2001, when an earlier version of the International Classification of Diseases was in use.

Table 1. Number of deaths where the underlying cause was myelodysplastic syndromes, England and Wales, 2001-081, 2, 3

Deaths (persons)

2001

995

2002

1,010

2003

1,010

2004

937

2005

917

2006

916

2007

963

2008

963

1 Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code D46 ‘Myelodysplastic syndromes’.

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

3 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individual funding requests for the drug azacitidine were received by primary care trusts in the last 12 months; and how many were (a) accepted and (b) rejected. (321380)