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Key Statistics for Health Areas in England and Wales

Release date: 31 July 2003

The report Key Statistics for health areas in England and Wales contains data for England and Wales, England, Wales, and all Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Trusts and Care Trusts in England, and Local Health Boards in Wales. The boundaries of the health areas are as at 31 December 2002.

The printed report, which was laid before Parliament, provides a Census picture of these areas, with consistent and comparable facts about the characteristics of the populations served in each area, and figures which underpin information collected in the Health Service itself.

It contains the Key Statistics tables which provide contain data mainly in percentages with appropriate denominators. The CD accompanying the report contains software to view and manipulate electronic versions of the tables with data as counts, and also includes the Key Statistics for wards as at 31 December 2002.

These and the health area figures are also available through the Neighbourhood Statistics Service (NeSS) website.


The Key Statistics tables

The Key Statistics dataset consists of a series of 33 tables which provide a summary of the complete results of the Census. They are designed to enable easy comparison between areas across the full range of Census variables.


Media, availability and cost:


Available free through the Neighbourhood Statistics Service (NeSS) website.

Printed reports free as a series of downloadable pdf files available in the publications section.

In print and on CD

Printed report [price £70 ISBN 0 11 621664 6] [price £75 ISBN 0 11 621643 3] with accompanying CD containing results as percentages in HTML format and as counts in SuperTABLE format, available from The Stationary Office.


A CD containing data as counts in CSV format on request free from Census Customer Services.


Product notes

  • Figures in the Key Statistics for some Primary Care Trusts may differ from results in the Standard Tables for health areas in England and Wales. This reflects differences in the area boundaries used when producing results.

  • Table 'KS01 Usual resident population does not include 1991 population or area measurement figures, which were not available for health areas when the report was produced.


Revised versions

  • Some errors in the geographical constitutions used to produce the Key Statistics for health areas were found after the first publication of the report. The report and supplementary CD were corrected and a revised version was published on 09 December 2003, and distributed to the purchasers of the original versions.

  • Table 'KS24 Migration' was also included in this revised version of the report - the table was not available at the time the original report was produced.


Supporting information

The following information supporting this Census product is available:

  • errata, errors and corrections identified since the product release

  • data quality indicators for health areas

  • outline versions of the Key Statistics tables

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