§ Mr. Matthew Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received hospital treatment for acute breathing difficulties during(a) March, (b) April, (c)May, (d) June, (e) July and (f) August.
§ Mr. Sackville
Acute breathing difficulties occur as a symptom of a wide range of medical conditions. Central returns do not include numbers of hospital admissions classified by symptom. The number of hospital admissions for asthma recorded for the months requested in 1991, the latest figures available, is shown in the table.
Finished consultant episodes, ordinary admissions and day cases, England: March April May June July August 6,086 6,346 6,791 6,695 6,782 6,197
Hospital Episode Statistics (estimated from 25 per cent. sample). The figures do not include numbers of attendances at out-patient or accident and emergency facilities.