§ Mr. Jim Marshall
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many cases of accidental poisoning due to adverse effects of analgesics and antipyretics were admitted to hospital for treatment for the last year for which figures are available.
§ Mr. Moyle
I regret that information is not available in the precise form requested. The estimated number of persons admitted as in-patients to non-psychiatric hospitals in England and Wales suffering from the adverse effects and suspected adverse effects of analgesics and antipyretics in 1973, the latest year for which figures are available, was 22,670. This estimate, which is based on a 1 in 10 sample, does not differentiate between accidental and non-accidental poisonings.