HC Deb 17 September 2003 vol 410 cc819-21W
Mrs. Iris Robinson

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many hospital admissions there were on average per week in Northern Ireland during each of the last four quarters. [124689]

disease in each Northern Ireland constituency in each of the last five years. [128283]

Mr. Pearson

The ischaemic heart disease death rate per 1,000 population is shown in the following table, for each Northern Ireland constituency and year between 1998 and 2002. The number of deaths due to ischaemic heart disease for each constituency and year is also shown. Areas with older populations generally have higher death rates and this will explain some of the differences shown as follows.

Angela Smith

The table sets out the average number of in-patients (ordinary admissions and day cases) admitted to hospital per week in the last four quarters.

Quarter Average number of inpatient admissions per week
1 April 2002–30 June 2002 9,273
1 July 2002–30 September 2002 9.110
1 October 2002–31 December 2002 9,542
1 January 2003–31 March 2003 9.614


Data for 2002–03 are provisional and may change.


Hospital Inpatient's System.

Mrs. Iris Robinson

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals were admitted to Northern Ireland hospitals in the last year who were not residents of the province. [124690]

Angela Smith

In 2002–03, a total of 3,992 patients whose address was outside of Northern Ireland were admitted to hospitals in Northern Ireland (ordinary admissions and day cases). The source of this information is the Hospital In-patient's System. Data for 2002–03 are provisional and may change.

Mrs. Iris Robinson

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average cost was of hospital admissions in Northern Ireland in(a) 1982, (b) 1992 and (c) 2002. [130253]

Angela Smith

The information requested is provided as follows:

Average cost of hospital admissions (In-patients including day cases)
Average cost of an admission
Year ended 31 March Actual price Adjusted to 2002–03 prices
1982 630 1,490
1992 918 1,223
20021 1,126 1,159

1 There may be small definitional differences between the year ended 31 March 2002 and earlier years due to differences in available sources of information.


1. The figures provided exclude expenditure and activity information in relation to long stay and specialist hospitals.

2. It should be noted that a straight forward comparison of costs over a 20 year period is difficult, given the substantial changes in the range and nature of procedures undertaken in hospitals. In addition the lengths of stay and therefore costs will vary dramatically within one year, depending on the speciality and the patient's condition.

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