HC Deb 22 July 1996 vol 282 c111W
Mr. Thurnham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the number of mentally handicapped children currently in NHS hospital care in(a) the north-west and (b) nationally. [36262]

Mr. Bowls

The table gives the number of children resident in national health service hospitals and units and under the care of a mental handicap consultant at 31 March 1995.

Age at 31 March 19951
0–14 15–19
North Western and Mersey2 10 20
England 120 190
The figures are estimates based on a combination of data from the hospital episode statistics system and data obtained directly from regional offices (and the former RHAs) and are rounded to the nearest 10.
1 Estimates of those in hospital under the care of a learning disability consultant.
2 All health authorities under North Western and Mersey regional health authorities including South Cumbria merged to form North West regional office.

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