NI disease records show improvement

The rate of stroke recorded by GP practices in Northern Ireland has increased by 20 per cent since the quality framework began in 2004/5.

Some 1.65 per cent of patients are now on stroke registers.

Meanwhile, the rate of diabetes recorded increased by 19 per cent, with 3.32 per cent of patients now on the diabetes register.

A total of 3.01 per cent of patients are now on thyroid registers, after a 23 per cent rise in the past four years.

Obesity has only been recorded for two years, but the rate recorded rose by 10 per cent between 2006/7 and 2007/8 to 8.83 per cent of the population.

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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