HC Deb 04 November 2002 vol 392 c121W
Sir Teddy Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many persons were suffering from arthritis in each of the last 10 years. [77537]

Jacqui Smith

[holding answer 28 October 2002]: The information requested is not collected centrally. However, Arthritis Care estimates that there are more than 200 types of arthritis and rheumatic disease, and more than 8 million people in the United Kingdom have long-term health problems due to arthritis or a related condition.

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