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Diabetes: Eastern Region

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with diabetes in (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk in each of the last five years. (162596)

Information is not available in the format requested. The following table shows data on the numbers of patients on diabetes registers in general practices available from the Quality and Outcomes Framework data but only for the financial years 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07.

2006-072005-062004-05

Patients

Identified prevalence (percentage)

Patients

Identified prevalence (percentage)

Patients

Identified prevalence (percentage)

East of England SHA

202,796

3.5

Suffolk PCT

20,590

3.4

East of England SHA

194,917

3.4

181,928

3.2

Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire

80,190

3.5

75,633

3.3

Essex

58,110

3.4

53,107

3.1

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

56,617

3.2

53,188

3.1

Suffolk PCT Total

19,755

3.3

18,491

3.2

Central Suffolk

3,398

3.3

3,220

3.1

Ipswich

5,023

3.3

4,714

3.1

Suffolk Coastal

3,473

3.4

3,103

3.2

Suffolk West

7,861

3.4

7,454

3.2

Notes: 1. Due to changes in strategic health authority (SHA) and primary care trust (PCT) configurations, and the fact that East of England SHA and Suffolk PCT only came into existence in 2006, the figures quoted for 2005-06 and 2004-05 were originally for the old SHAs (Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, Essex and Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire) and PCTs (Central Suffolk, Ipswich, Suffolk Coastal and Suffolk West) that were in existence at the time which have been summed to give figures for the new bodies. 2. Diabetes Prevalence The disease register in QOF for diabetes does not include any patient below the age of 17. However the denominator is all registered patients. This means that the reported prevalence is lower than the actual value. 3. Coverage of QOF—Patients will only contribute to the figures in QOF if they are registered with a general practice participating in QOF. Not all practices participate in QOF and some participate in only some parts (especially Primary Medical Service practices who are paid under different arrangements for providing services which are part of QOF for general medical service practices). Most indicators in QOF have rules which allow for patients to be excluded (e.g. patient refuses treatment) and so the denominator for a given indicator may be less than the number of patients on the register for that disease. Note also that some indicators have age limits and so exclude some patients on the register. Source: Information Centre.