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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.

Westminster Committees

Health Committee – BMA, Action on Sugar, Children’s Food Campaign, BRC, Food and Drink Federation, IEA – Childhood Obesity Strategy

Tue, 13 October 2015 | Parliamentary Committee

SUMMARY

During a meeting of the Health Committee on the Childhood Obesity Strategy, MPs heard from:

  • Dr Paul Darragh, Board of Science, British Medical Association
  • Professor Graham MacGregor, Chairman, Action on Sugar
  • Malcolm Clark, Co-ordinator, Children’s Food Campaign
  • Andrew Opie, Director of Food and Sustainability, British Retail Consortium
  • Ian Wright, Director General, Food and Drink Federation
  • Chris Snowdon, Director of Lifestyle Economics, Institute for Economic Affairs

View the transcript of the oral evidence session here.


House of Commons Questions

Mr Jim Cunningham – Diabetes

Fri, 16 October 2015 | House of Commons – Written Answer

CONTENTS

Asked by Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 17 September 2015 to Question 10120, what additional funding his Department plans to make available to facilitate diabetes care in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by:

Jane Ellison Answered on: 16 October 2015

The Government is currently undertaking the Spending Review which will set budgets for the Department of Health – along with other parts of the public services- for the remainder of the parliament. The outcomes of the Spending Review will be announced on 25 November. Further details are available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/spending-review-2015-a-country-that-lives-within-its-means

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

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Mr Barry Sheerman – Diabetes: Children

Mon, 12 October 2015 | House of Commons – Written Answer

CONTENTS

Asked by Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes in children under five.

Answered by:

Jane Ellison Answered on: 12 October 2015

We are supporting the improvement of diagnosis and treatment of children with diabetes through a national best practice tariff, which sets out the standards of care and services that should be in place for children and young people in diabetes services. A round of peer review of all units providing care for children with diabetes was completed in September 2014. Through the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership we support the dedicated National Paediatric Diabetes Audit.

Mr George Howarth – Diabetes

Mon, 12 October 2015 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Mr George Howarth (Knowsley) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the NHS was of treating patients with diabetic retinopathy in (a) 2012, (b) 2013 and (c) 2014.

Answered by:

Jane Ellison Answered on: 12 October 2015

We do not hold this information in the format requested.

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Mr Barry Sheerman – Diabetes

Mon, 12 October 2015 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase public understanding of diabetes and its symptoms.

Answered by:

Jane Ellison Answered on: 12 October 2015

Change4Life, Public Health England’s (PHE) social marketing programme aimed at families with children aged 5 to 11 gives advice about healthy lifestyles in order to lower the risks of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, some cancers and heart disease. More than 2.7 million people have engaged with the campaign.

PHE is currently developing a social marketing campaign for adults about improving their own health, encouraging them to make a number of lifestyle changes including taking more exercise, improving diet, stopping smoking and reducing alcohol consumption.

The Department, building on the National Diabetes Prevention Programme, has committed to improving the outcomes for those with and at risk of diabetes. We will announce our plans in due course.

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Mr George Howarth – Diabetes

Mon, 12 October 2015 | House of Commons – Written Answer

CONTENTS

Asked by Mr George Howarth (Knowsley) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what projections his Department has made for the number of people who will have diabetes by 2050.

Answered by:

Jane Ellison Answered on: 12 October 2015

The Department has made no such estimate.

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Individual Politician Press Releases and Blogs

Keith Vaz MP – All Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes visit to Whittington hospital

Wed, 14 October 2015 | MPs Press Release

CONTENTS

All Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes visit to Whittington hospital On Wednesday 14th October, Keith visited Whittington Hospital on a visit with the All Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes. On the visit he met with health professionals and patients participating in a number of innovative and effective diabetes programmes running at the hospital. Also present from the All Party Group were Victoria Atkins (Vice Chair of the Group) and Baroness Masham.

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