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Weekly diabetes parliamentary round-up

Our weekly diabetes parliamentary round-up is below. To see the full round-up please click for more at the bottom of the post.

House of Commons Questions


Jim Shannon – Dementia: Diabetes

Mon, 21 September 2015 | House of Commons – Written Answer
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Asked by Jim Shannon (Strangford) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal College of Physicians on a link between type 2 diabetes and dementia; and what steps he is taking to treat dementia caused in that way.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 21 September 2015

NHS England is implementing the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, and it is possible that prevention of Type 2 diabetes may in the longer term reduce dementia risk, although at this point this is speculative rather than being based on evidence.

The treatment of dementia associated with Type 2 diabetes is as for any dementia, although it is important to also address the Type 2 diabetes and vascular risk. People with dementia who also have diabetes need support to manage their condition.

Improving the treatment and care of people with dementia, reducing the incidence of dementia and improving dementia research, is a key priority for the Government. That is why in February 2015, the Prime Minister launched his Challenge on Dementia 2020 as a successor to the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2012-2015.

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State has had and continues to have discussions on these matters with a range of organisations including the Royal College of Physicians.


Keith Vaz – Diabetes

Mon, 21 September 2015 | House of Commons – Written Answer
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Asked by Keith Vaz (Leicester East) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what projections his Department has made of the number of people with diabetes in 2050.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 21 September 2015

The Department has made no such estimate.


Keith Vaz – Diabetes: Orthopaedics

Mon, 21 September 2015 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Keith Vaz (Leicester East) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much it has cost the NHS to treat patients with diabetes-related amputations in each of the last five years.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 21 September 2015

We do not hold this information in the format requested.


Keith Vaz – Diabetes: Visual Impairment

Mon, 21 September 2015 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Keith Vaz (Leicester East) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much it costs on average to treat patients with diabetic retinopathy for one year.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 21 September 2015

We do not hold this information in the format requested.


Mr Virendra Sharma – Orthopaedics

Fri, 18 September 2015 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Mr Virendra Sharma (Ealing, Southall) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of lower limb amputations associated with diabetes and peripheral arterial disease.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 18 September 2015

It is the responsibility of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to commission the majority of services for people with diabetes. The CCG Outcomes Indicator Set contains a number of indicators which are relevant to the delivery of of diabetes care, including an indicator relating to complications associated with diabetes including emergency admission for lower limb amputation.

The latest National Diabetes Audit (NDA) shows that over 85% of all those with diabetes in England and Wales received a foot examination in 2012/13. A new module of the NDA, the National Diabetes Foot Care Audit, has been launched to establish the extent to which national guidelines on the management of diabetic foot disease are being met. The audit will provide local teams with the evidence needed to tackle identified differences in practice which will lead to an overall improvement in the management and outcomes for patients. Local and national level results will be available in March 2016.

The latest NDA also demonstrates significant reductions in the risk of developing heart failure for individuals with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, significant reductions in mortality for individuals with Type 2 diabetes, as well as trends showing a reduction in the risk for any individual with diabetes of developing angina, heart attack, stroke, major amputation and end-stage kidney disease.

Tackling diabetes is of great concern to this Covernment. Building on the National Diabetes Prevention Programme, the Department is developing its plans to improve outcomes for those at risk of and with diabetes. These will be announced in due course.


House of Lords Questions

Lord Roberts of Llandudno – Diabetes: Refugees

Mon, 21 September 2015 | House of Lords – Written Answer
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Asked by Lord Roberts of Llandudno Asked by Lord Roberts of Llandudno Asked on: 10 September 2015 Department of Health Diabetes: Refugees Lords HL2158 To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are providing to refugees in the United Kingdom who suffer from diabetes.

Lord Prior of Brampton Answered on: 21 September 2015

Refugees who have been granted asylum status are eligible for services from the National Health Service on the same basis as the general population. This includes access to primary medical care and any specialist diabetes treatment and care required.


Lord Roberts of Llandudno – Diabetes: Homelessness

Mon, 21 September 2015 | House of Lords – Written Answer

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Asked by Lord Roberts of Llandudno Asked by Lord Roberts of Llandudno Asked on: 10 September 2015 Department of Health Diabetes: Homelessness Lords HL2159 To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they provide to homeless people who suffer from diabetes.

Lord Prior of Brampton Answered on: 21 September 2015

All commissioners have a responsibility to tackle health inequalities. Co-commissioning will help clinical commissioning groups, working with their local authority colleagues, identify and address health inequalities that arise in hard to reach groups such as the homeless population.


Individual Politician Press Releases and Blogs

Andrew Gwynne MP – RESHUFFLE: Gwynne appointed Shadow Public Health Minister

Mon, 21 September 2015 | MPs Press Release
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Andrew Gwynne has been appointed as Shadow Minister for Public Health in the first reshuffle following Jeremy Corbyn’s election as leader of the Labour Party.

The change marks a promotion for Gwynne, who is now responsible for holding the Conservative Government to account in crucial areas such as cancer, dementia, diabetes, alcohol, tobacco and obesity.

He replaces Liverpool MP Luciana Berger, who has been made Shadow Minister for Mental Health, a new position created to underline the importance of establishing parity between the treatment of mental health and physical health. Mr Gwynne will be working with Berger, Ellesmere Port and Neston MP Justin Madders, Worsley and Eccles MP Barbara Keeley and the new Shadow Health Secretary, Heidi Alexander.

Gwynne joins both of the other Tameside Members of Parliament in being on the Labour frontbench – Angela Rayner, MP for Ashton-Under-Lyne, has been made a whip, and Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Staybridge and Hyde, has been made a Shadow Minister responsible for Railways in Labour’s Transport Team under the new Shadow Transport Secretary, Lilian Greenwood.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“It is a huge honour to have been asked to take on this crucial role. The issues I will now be looking into are some of the biggest challenges facing our country, such as antimicrobial resistance and dementia.

“I will be ensuring Government policy is up to the challenge. The changes we make now will have an impact on public health long into the future.

“I will continue to do my very best to ensure my constituents are represented at the highest levels.”

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