HC Deb 18 May 2004 vol 421 cc949-50W
Tim Loughton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of children with chronic illness suffer from(a) asthma, (b) eczema and (c) respiratory conditions. [169483]

Dr. Ladyman

This information is not collected in the form requested. The latest hospital episode statistics for children aged 0–16 years with these conditions are shown in the table. Admissions may relate to more than one episode for the same child.

Primary Diagnosis: Asthma (ICD–10 diagnosis codes J45, J46), Eczema (L20–L30, B00.0), (Respiratory conditions (J00–J99). Age on admission 0–16 years. Count of finished admission episodes—NHS Hospitals England 20–03
Diagnosis grouping Finished admission episodes
Respiratory conditions 179,357
Of which:
Asthma 25,166
Eczema 3,876
Finished admission episodes
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.
Diagnosis (Primary Diagnosis)
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.
Ungrossed Data
Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed). Source:
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Department of Health.