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Kidney Patients

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England (i) were diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and (ii) required renal replacement therapy in each year since 1997; (128439)

(2) how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England received renal replacement therapy in each year since 1997.

There is no national registry of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Over 99.9 per cent., of people with CKD will be under the care of general practitioners (GPs) and not seen by secondary or tertiary hospital services.

At general practice level, maintenance of a practice register of patients with CKD became a part of the quality and outcomes framework in April 2006, which in due course should mean that a very rich dataset will be available for every community in the country.

The United Kingdom Renal Registry (UKRR) holds data on patients receiving renal replacement therapy. The Newcastle renal unit has only been returning these data to the UKRR since 2002. The registry has analysed this data and determined that the number of people receiving renal replacement therapy in South Tyneside at the end of each year since then is in the following table.

Number of people receiving renal replacement therapy in South Tyneside

As of 31 December

Number

2002

78

2003

83

2004

89

2005

97

In the North East of England, the number of people receiving renal replacement therapy at the end of each year is in the following table.

People receiving renal replacement therapy in the North East of England

As of 31 December

Number

2002

1,469

2003

1,501

2004

1,571

2005

1,635

Across England, the number of people receiving renal replacement therapy at the end of each year is in the following table.

People receiving renal replacement therapy across England

As of 31 December

Number

2002

30,966

2003

31,248

2004

32,256

2005

34,574

Data on the number of patients receiving renal replacement therapy are not collected by parliamentary constituency.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England were on the waiting list for treatment for dialysis services in each year since 1997. (128440)

There is no specific waiting list for dialysis. Dialysis is often an emergency treatment, and patients with no kidney function will die in a matter of weeks if they do not receive dialysis. For patients whose disease has been identified well in advance of end-stage renal failure, dialysis begins at a time that they and their consultant feel is appropriate.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people died from chronic kidney disease whilst waiting for NHS treatment in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997. (128441)