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Macular Degeneration

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

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 (i) diagnosed with and (ii) treated for age-related macular degeneration in each year since 1997. (138217)

Information on the number of people diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration is not collected centrally.

The majority of patients receiving treatment for macular degeneration are likely to be treated as out-patients. We do not hold data showing the number of out-patient attendances for this condition.

The following table shows the number of in-patient admissions for those whose primary diagnosis was degeneration of the macular and posterior pole. We do not hold data for Jarrow which is covered by South Tyneside Primary Care Trust.

Finished consultant episodes

South Tyneside PCT

North East strategic health authorities

England

2005-06

100

2,214

31,386

2004-05

64

2,135

26,793

2003-04

51

1,735

24,501

2002-03

41

2,098

22,354

2001-02

32

1,830

18,864

2000-01

22

1,470

18,092

1999-2000

41

1,327

15,828

1998-99

11

602

13,843

1997-98

6

309

11,350

1996-97

7

403

10,101