Huntingtons Chorea

Health written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Ashok Kumar Ashok Kumar PPS (Rt Hon Hilary Benn, Secretary of State), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what estimate his Department has made of the number of people diagnosed with Huntington's disease in (a) England, (b) the north-east, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency;

(2) what estimate his Department has made of the number of people diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in (a) England, (b) the north-east, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

The Department has made no estimate of the number of people living with Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases. However, figures quoted in the National Service Framework for Long-term Conditions estimated that 120,000 people in the United Kingdom live with Parkinson's disease, and 6,000 to 10,000 with Huntington's disease.

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