To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) adults and (b) children were diagnosed with diabetes, broken down by type, in each year since 1997.
Information on the number of children and adults with diabetes is not available in the exact form requested. The following information is available for diagnosed diabetes. The total number of patients aged 17 and over on practice registers in England who have an appropriate diabetes diagnosis in 2004-05 was 1.77 million people (Source: 2004-05 Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) data published by the Information Centre for health and social care.) This is the first year of data from this source.
The total number of patients aged 17 and over on practice registers in England who have an appropriate diabetes diagnosis in 2005-06 was 1.89 million people. (Source: 2005-06 QOF data published by the Information Centre for health and social care.)
It is estimated that over 90 per cent. of people with diabetes have type two diabetes.
The difference between 1.77 million in 2004-05 and 1.89 million in 2005-06 does not mean that extra 0.12 million patients were diagnosed within those 12 months. The figures are a function of diagnosis recording on practice registers, and therefore were subject to data quality review in that period, as the QOF was being established.
Patients with diabetes aged under 17 are not included because they are regarded as receiving their diabetes management in the secondary care sector.