HC Deb 16 May 1990 vol 172 cc414-5W
Miss Emma Nicholson

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of pregnancies notified to doctors resulted in a miscarriage in each of the last 10 years.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

This information is not collected centrally. Information is available centrally only on miscarriages which occur in NHS hospitals or result in a stay in an NHS hospital. Information for the years 1979 to 1985 is given in the table.

Estimated number of hospital stays in NHS hospitals in England with a diagnosis of "spontaneous abortion"
Year Estimated numbers
1979 24,690
1980 26,800
1981 26,310
1982 27,530
1983 28,270
1984 29,790
1985 31,620

Source: Hospital inpatient inquiry.

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