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Pressure on A&E Services from Hypoglycaemic Attacks

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During questions to the Secretary of State for Health on Tuesday 7th July, Keith Vaz, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes, raised the issue of hypoglycaemic attacks.

The question came during broader discussions on recent reviews of acute services in hospitals. Keith Vaz said:

“Each week, 1,000 diabetics suffer hypoglycaemic attacks, which require urgent medical treatment and access to acute services. Does the Minister agree that better management of diabetes services by GPs will lessen the pressure on our A&E services?”

In response, Ben Gummer, Minister for Quality, replied:

“I do agree with the right hon. Gentleman, who is an expert in this field. We have a diabetes and obesity strategy coming later in the year. The Under-Secretary, my hon. Friend the Member for Battersea (Jane Ellison), who is responsible for public health, will be leading that effort.”

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