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Malnutrition: Greater London

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in each age group were treated for malnutrition in each London borough in each year since 2000. (323788)

Information is not held by the format requested. The following table provides a count of admissions where there was a primary diagnosis of malnutrition for patients who were treated within London strategic health authority by selected age groups.

Count of admissions1 to hospital where there was a primary diagnosis2 of malnutrition3 by selected age groups for patients who were treated within London strategic health authority4 from 2000-01 to 2008-09—Activity in English NHS hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector

Total

0-24 years

25-49 years

50-74 years

75+ years

Unknown

2008-09

50

6

13

17

13

1

2007-08

52

8

19

18

7

0

2006-07

45

8

9

19

9

0

2005-06

44

*

*

15

16

0

2004-05

45

*

12

20

*

0

2003-04

42

7

16

10

9

0

2002-03

48

12

9

17

9

1

2001-02

47

9

*

20

13

*

2000-01

39

9

9

13

8

0

1Finished admission episodesA finished admission episode (FAE) is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. FAEs are counted against the year in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year. 2Primary diagnosis

The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 20 (14 from 2002-03 to 2006-07 and seven prior to 2002-03) diagnosis fields in the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data set and provides the main reason why the patient was admitted to hospital. 3ICD10 Clinical CodesThe ICD-10 codes for malnutrition are: E40.X Kwashiorkor E41.X Nutritional marasmus. 4SHA of treatment This field is derived from the hospital provider code (procode). It indicates the strategic health authority (SHA) area within which the treatment took place. Notes: 1. Small numbersTo protect patient confidentiality, figures between 1 and 5 have been replaced with “*” (an asterisk). Where it was still possible to identify numbers from the total an additional number. 2. Data qualityHES are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts PCTs in England and from some independent sector organisations for activity commissioned by the English NHS. The NHS Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain. 3. Assessing growth through timeHES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage (particularly in earlier years), improvements in coverage of independent sector activity (particularly from 2006-07) and changes in NHS practice. For example, apparent reductions in activity may be due to a number of procedures which may now be undertaken in out-patient settings and so no longer include in admitted patient HES data. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The NHS Information Centre for health and social care.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will estimate the cost to the NHS of treating malnutrition in each London borough in each year since 2000; (323790)

(2) whether he has made a recent estimate of the cost per bed day of treating a patient with malnutrition in each London borough.