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Health: Hertfordshire

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people living in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire have been diagnosed with (i) coronary heart disease, (ii) diabetes and (iii) food-related allergies. (232597)

The Department does not collect information in the form requested. However, the national Quality and Outcomes Framework, which many general practices participate in, records the number of people recorded on certain practice disease registers. Such registers exist for both coronary heart disease (CHD) and diabetes.

The CHD register includes all patients who have had coronary artery revascularisation procedures such as coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). However, patients with Cardiac Syndrome X will not generally be included in the CHD register.

The diabetes register includes patients aged 17 years and over with diabetes mellitus. As the care of children with diabetes mellitus is generally under the control of specialists, the diabetes register generally excludes those patients age 16 and under.

We are unable to supply this information for Hemel Hempstead or Hertfordshire but have supplied information for the health areas that best fit; namely West Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) for Hemel Hempstead and West Hertfordshire and East and North Hertfordshire PCTs combined to represent Hertfordshire.

Information is shown in the following table.

The Department does not collect any data on food related allergies.

2007-08

Patient register

Number of patients

West Hertfordshire PCT

Coronary heart disease

15,810

Diabetes

18,174

West Hertfordshire PCT and East and North Hertfordshire PCTs

Coronary heart disease

32,967

Diabetes

37,611