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Abortion: Club Foot

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 20448, tabled on 25 February 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 13 February 2020 to Question 14719, on Abortion: Club Foot, in what format her Department collects data on abortions as a result of a diagnosis of club foot; and if she will place a copy of that data in the Library.

Answered on

2 March 2020

Data on the number of abortions as result of a diagnosis of tarsal coalition or club foot for the years 2009 to 2018 is not held in the format requested, and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. ICD-10 code 66.8 ‘Other Congenital deformities of feet’ is used to code incidences of tarsal coalition or club foot and other deformities of feet listed on the HSA4 forms for the purposes of providing usable data for monitoring and analysis. However, individual conditions could be identified by visually checking the underlying ANS forms to see whether the terms ‘Tarsal Coalition’ or ‘Club Foot’ are listed on the form. HSA4 forms are available from 2013 to 2018 but extraction of this information could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

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