Health: Kidney Disease

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of Baroness Golding Baroness Golding Labour

asked Her Majesty's Government:

To what extent the large increase in patients being identified and treated for chronic kidney disease is a result of the general practitioner contract.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Minister of State, Department of Health, Minister of State (Department of Health) (NHS Reform)

The increase in the number of people with chronic kidney disease is likely to be due to a number of factors: better diagnosis by general practitioners since the inclusion of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the quality and outcomes framework, an ageing population and an increase in other illnesses, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which can be associated with CKD.

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