The percentage rise in people diagnosed with diabetes in Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley is the third highest in the county, according to the latest health figures. The prevalence of those identified with the condition has increased by 4.59% in the past three years.
This compares to the largest rise of 6.02% in Swale, followed by 5.34% in the South Kent Coast Clinical Commissioning Group (CCGs). Ashford has seen the lowest rise of 1.79%.
CCGs are responsible for deciding the healthcare provision and spending for its patients. There are eight including Medway across the county, with Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley the third largest, serving 17 per cent of the registered population.
The latest figures, extracted from GP patient data, have been released by Diabetes UK and are calculated according to prevalence. This takes into account the change in a CCG’s population, regardless of whether they have been diagnosed with diabetes or not. It represents the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in a given year, divided by the total number of people registered in a CCG for that year, and not simply the increase or decrease of diagnosed diabetes cases.
In 2012/13 there were 12,003 registered as having diabetes in Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley and this figure rose to 12,466 in 2013/14. The number now stands at 12,831.by