HC Deb 21 June 2004 vol 422 cc1281-2W
Mr. Burstow

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes to treat obesity-related sleep apnoea there were in each year since 1996; and if he will make a statement. [178878]

Miss Melanie Johnson

The table as follows gives information on the number of finished consultant episodes (FCEs) for sleep related apnoea from the financial year 1996–97 onwards.

Obesity related sleep apnoea ICD 10 primary diagnosis G47.3 (sleep apnoea) with secondary mention E66 (obesity) FCEs National Health Service hospitals in England. 1996–97 to 2002–03

1996–97 507
1997–98 577
1998–99 594
1999–2000 529
2000–2001 703
2001–2002 707
2002–2003 1,102

Diagnosis primary diagnosis)

The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 14 (7 prior to 2002–03) diagnosis field in the hospital episode statistics (HES) data set and provides the main reason why the patient was in hospital.


A FCE is defined as a period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Please note that the figures do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the year.


Figures are grossed for coverage, except for 2001–02 and 2002–03 which are not yet adjusted for shortfalls.


Hospital episode statistics (HES) Department of Health

Primary care trusts (PCTs) and other local stakeholders are responsible for assessing the health needs of their populations, including those with sleep disorders, and commissioning services to meet those needs. Sleep services therefore, should be provided as part of the overall service package that PCTs and other local stakeholders develop for their local populations.

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