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The number of recorded diagnoses of dementia has risen by 62 per cent since 2006, a report released by the HSCIC has shown.

The report, Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) Recorded Dementia Diagnoses - Provisional 2013/14, stated that the number of diagnoses increased from 213,000 in 2006/7 to 344,000 in 2013/2014. It also showed that there was a regional variation of instances of dementia. The north and south had the highest levels, with 0.68 per cent and 0.67 per cent patients registered with GPs, while London had the lowest, at 0.39 per cent.

Kingsley Manning, the HSCIC chair, 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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