Thank you for your email dated 11 December 2020 requesting the following information:
” 1. The number of people admitted to A&E between March 2020 - December 2020 compared to the same time period in 2019 and 2018?
2. The number of patients receiving chemotherapy between March 2020 - December 2020 compared to the same time period in 2019 and 2018?
3. The number of deaths from all causes between March 2020 - December 2020 compared to the same time period in 2019 and 2018?
4. The number of deaths from suicide between March 2020 - December 2020 compared to the same time period in 2019 and 2018?
5. A breakdown of the number of deaths by every cause between March 2020 - December 2020 compared to the same time period in 2019 and 2018?”
We have considered your request and in accordance with S.1 (1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) I can confirm that we do hold part of the information that you have requested.
In regards to question 1, our Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES) database is not the official source of total A&E activity, this is the NHS England situation reports collection -
However, HES permits further analysis of A&E activity as there are a range of data items by which HES can be analysed. Finalised A&E data from HES can be found by using the link below;
Hospital Accident & Emergency Activity 2019-20 - NHS Digital
This link will only provide data for April 2019 – March 2020, for provisional data from April to October 2020 please use the link below;
Accident and Emergency Quality Indicators - NHS Digital
Please note data for November and December 2020 has not been published yet. November data will be published on 14 January 2021 and December data will be published on 11 February 2021.
The data NHS Digital holds regarding admissions to A&E and chemotherapy treatment is known to be provisional for the months of November and December. This is due to data quality issues arising from a variation in working methods and recording between different providers. Work is ongoing to understand these data quality issues, and the way in which they affect interpretation of the data. Releasing this data prior to completion of this work will inhibit the exchange of views for the purposes of deliberation and prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs. Therefore, we are applying Section 22 to this element of the request.
In regards to question 2, we do not hold the information in the format that you have requested it. To obtain this, you would need to submit a bespoke tabulation via our Data Access Request Service (DARS).
Through DARS there are two processes to request data dependant on the level of data required. Information in tabulated form including suppressed data (i.e. small numbers are aggregated to stop people identifying themselves and others), can be requested through the DARS service without a legal basis.
To request small numbers suppressed data (A tabulation) you would be required to complete a Tabulations Small Numbers Supressed form. Statistical tables of data (tabulations,) can be tailored to meet your requirements, for HES, Mental Health and the HES routine linkage to DID. The application form for which can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
To request record level data (personal or identifiable data) you will require the appropriate legal basis to obtain the information and a full DARS application would need to be submitted. Further information regarding the DARS process.
Costs are associated with these service.
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data is included in our publication scheme along with an explanation of costs for bespoke reports, in accordance with the Information Commissioners guidance for Charging for Information in a Publication Scheme.
In regards to questions 3, 4 and 5, we do not hold information relating to death data. To obtain this, you will need to contact the Office for National Statistics (ONS). They can be contacted.