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Variation in admissions for alcohol-related liver diseases


23 September 2014

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Figures published for the first time show wide variation in the number of emergency hospital admissions for alcohol-related liver diseases across area teams. 
Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) figures show that the North West and North East of England have the highest rates. 
England's data aggregator has published a regional map of emergency admissions per 100,000 of the adult population at national, area team and clinical commissioning group levels in the hopes that it will help inform commissioning policy. 

Figures published for the first time show wide variation in the number of emergency hospital admissions for alcohol-related liver diseases across area teams. 
Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) figures show that the North West and North East of England have the highest rates. 
England's data aggregator has published a regional map of emergency admissions per 100,000 of the adult population at national, area team and clinical commissioning group levels in the hopes that it will help inform commissioning policy. 
Area teams with the highest rate of emergency hospital admissions were: 
 – Greater Manchester with 45.8 admissions per 100,000 of the population (1,010 admissions in total – 19 per week on average). 
 – Merseyside with 41.3 admissions (414 admissions in total – eight per week on average). 
 – Lancashire with 38.9 admissions (472 admissions in total – nine per week on average). 
The area teams with the lowest rates were: 
 – Bath, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire with 14.7 admissions per 100,000 of the population (under four per week on average). 
 – Wessex had 14.7 admissions per 100,000 (330 admissions in total – or about six per week on average).
 – Hertfordshire and the South Midlands had 15.1 admissions per 100,000. (335 admissions in total – or about six per week on average).
HSCIC chair Kingsley Manning said: “This map paints a powerful picture of one of the many impacts that alcohol has on patients and the NHS in this country. This one image depicts what the hundreds of rows of data published today mean for different areas of England.
“While many will be familiar with the HSCIC’s annual alcohol statistics, fewer people may be aware we also publish a myriad of different health and social care indicators about different conditions and care on a regular basis.
“The data we have presented today about alcohol related liver disease is the first such provisional data for 2013/14 to be published at such a local level. It should act as basis to help the NHS commission services effectively.”
An interactive spreadsheet has been published on the HSCIC website

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