§ Tim Loughton
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children suffered from severe head injuries in each year since 2000. 
§ Dr. Ladyman
The data available are shown in the table. 1411W
Primary Diagnosis (ICD-10 SOO-S09) Injuries to the Head Count of Finished Admissions Episodes Age on Admission 0 to 17 years NHS Hospitals England 2000–01 to 2002–03 Admission Episodes 2000–01 40,408 2001–02 39,693 2002–03 38,170
1. A finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.
2. The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 14 (7 prior to 2002–03) diagnosis fields in the Hospital. Episode Statistics (HES) data set and provides the main reason why the patient was in hospital.
3. Figures for 2000–01 are grossed for both coverage and missing/invalid clinical data. For 2001–02 and 2002–03, figures are not yet adjusted for shortfalls.
Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Department of Health.