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Coronavirus: Health Services

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 62761, tabled on 25 October 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish details of the demands made on NHS primary care treatment for people diagnosed with covid-19 in respect of (a) hospital admissions, (b) average hospital stay as in-patients and (c) cost of treatment since March 2020.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

19 November 2021

NHS Digital hold data on hospital admissions and mean length of hospital stay for those with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, for the period March 2020 to August 2021. The data is shown in the attached table.

NHS England and NHS Improvement are the official source of statistics on COVID-19 related hospital activity. They publish a weekly dataset of COVID-19 hospital admissions and bed occupancy. The data contains information on total reported COVID-19 admissions to hospital and number of beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, split by region of England. This dataset is available at the following link.

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-hospital-activity/

The Department is not able to provide individual costs or estimates for a specific illness due to the number of factors involved, including the variety of clinical work associated with COVID-19 and other factors such as Long COVID.

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