HC Deb 17 June 1997 vol 296 cc104-5W
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. [3408]

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:

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.