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Parkinson's Disease

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people with Parkinson's disease in each of the last three years; and how many consulted a Parkinson's disease nurse specialist in each year; (202454)

(2) what estimate he has made of the percentage of people with Parkinson's disease not referred to a specialist for diagnosis in each of the last five years;

(3) what assessment he has made of the level of support given to carers of those with Parkinson's disease.

In “The National Service Framework for long term conditions”, published in 2005, we estimated that there were 120,000 people living with Parkinson's disease. That is the latest estimate available. The number of these patients who consulted a Parkinson's disease specialist is not collected. A copy of the publication is available in the Library

We have made no estimate of the percentage of people with Parkinson's disease who were not referred to a specialist for diagnosis.

We have made no assessment of the level of support given to carers of those living with Parkinson's disease.