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Osteoporosis, Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people were diagnosed with (a) osteoporosis and (b) dementia in (i) England, (ii) the North East, (iii) Tees Valley and (iv) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each of the last 10 years; (268359)

(2) how many people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in (a) England, (b) North East, (c) Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each of the last five years.

The Department does not collect information on the number of people diagnosed with osteoporosis or dementia in each of the last 10 years. However, the Dementia UK report, published in 2007 by the Alzheimer’s Society, estimated that there were 683,597 people in the United Kingdom with dementia.

The Department does not have data for the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in the last five years but the Department through the national Quality and Outcomes Framework for England records the number of people recorded on practice disease registers with a diagnosis of dementia covering 2006-07 and 2007-08.

Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 50-75 per cent. of cases of dementia so the count of patients with dementia gives an indication of the number with Alzheimer’s disease.

The figures are given in the following table and represent the total for patients with dementia.

Financial year

2007-08

2006-07

Stockton on Tees Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT)1

745

737

Middlesbrough PCT

487

524

Redcar and Cleveland PCT

629

575

North East Strategic Health Authority

12,420

12,128

England

220,246

212,794

1 This PCT was formerly known as North Tees.

We are unable to supply information for all the areas requested as some are not health areas. Where this occurs we have supplied information for the health areas that best fit those requested.