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Number of dementia diagnoses surges in England

Number of dementia diagnoses surges in England
31st July 2014

The number of reported cases of dementia in England has increased by 62 per cent over the course of the last seven years. 

This is according to the findings of a new study carried out by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), which indicated 344,000 patients had a recorded diagnosis of the degenerative condition in 2013-14. 

When the data was first collected in 2006-07, the corresponding figure stood at just 213,000, so this represents a considerable increase. 

It is also a significantly larger number of people experiencing the disease than was reported in 2012-13, when the number was 319,000. 

This is the first time the HSCIC has compiled a standalone report on this subject - and it has been produced in the hope of supporting the Department of Health's ambition to produce higher numbers of dementia diagnoses to ensure people are receiving the appropriate level of care. 

It was specified the amount of dementia patients increased in all four NHS regions of England between 2012-13 and 2013-14.

Some regional variations were recorded - the north and south have the higher proportion of individuals with this form of cognitive decline, with 0.68 and 0.67 per cent respectively. 

In comparison, the Midlands and east of England (which is counted as a single region) has 0.62 per cent, while London has a significantly lower figure of 0.39 per cent. It was noted this is largely attributable to the much younger average age profile in the capital. 

The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for the Isle of Wight had the highest level of recorded diagnosis in March 2013 - 1.1 per cent. Some 46.4 per cent of all patients registered with GPs in this region are 50 or over. Tower Hamlets CCG had the lowest - just 0.25 per cent.

HSCIC chair Kingsley Manning said: "We are all aware of the challenges facing our ageing population and these figures will be vital for those planning and monitoring the effectiveness of dementia treatments and services."

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