Written Answers. - Coeliac Statistics.

Jim O'Keeffe

Question:

202 Mr. J. O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of coeliac sufferers in each health board area. [4991/00]

As coeliac disease is not a notifiable disease, comprehensive information on the number of people suffering from the condition is not available. For those with the condition who require hospitalisation, data are available from hospital in-patient enquiry – HIPE – system which records information on hospitalisations in all publicly funded acute hospitals. The data available in respect of each health board area for 1998 are set out in the table below. These figures include day cases and in-patients. It should be noted that if patients are admitted more than once in a given year, each attendance is recorded separately in HIPE.

Number of hospitalisations of Residents of each health board area with a diagnosis of coeliac disease 1998

Health Board Area

1998

Eastern

625

Midland

120

Mid Western

150

North Eastern

96

North Western

81

South Eastern

161

Southern

384

Western

186

Total

1,803