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Resource Allocation

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2007, Official Report, column 2219W, on resource allocation, for what reasons she excludes any measure of ill health in those aged 75 and over in her measure of the burden of disease. (127923)

The definition of burden of disease used for the previous reply is one of a number of possible definitions. It includes one element, diabetes prevalence, which is not age related, and therefore does include persons aged 75 and over. The other three measures are premature mortality rates for major killer diseases. They reflect the current public service agreement targets to reduce cancer and circulatory disease death rates in people aged under 75 by 2010. It is in the under 75 age group where the earliest signs of progress are likely to be seen, although the health interventions to reduce mortality in this age group will also have a beneficial effect on people aged 75 and over.