§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many incidents of trench foot were reported in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 105W
§ Ms Jowell
The table gives, for the most recent five years for which data are available, the estimated number of finished consultant episodes (FCEs: ordinary admissions and day cases combined) in National Health Service hospitals in England with a primary diagnosis of trench foot:
FCEs 1990–91 4 1991–92 4 1992–93 4 1993–94 5 1994–95 2
Department of Health, Hospital Episode Statistics (HES).
Trench foot varies in severity and in many cases there will not have been any hospital in-patient treatment.