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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

Dan Jarvis – Diabetes

Thu, 12 November 2015 | House of Commons – Written Answer
CONTENTS (Grouped Questions)

(1) Asked by Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to help raise awareness of diabetes in (a) Barnsley Central constituency, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) the UK.

(2) Asked by Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is being done to raise awareness of diabetes and to encourage people to seek medical advice for this condition.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 12 November 2015

The NHS Health Check programme is one of the mandatory public health functions of local authorities in England. It aims to prevent some of the biggest causes of premature death and disability in people aged 40-74.A routine part of NHS Health Check involves assessing a person’s risk of Type 2 diabetes and, for those at risk, a diagnostic test to confirm whether they have the condition. This then informs a discussion on, and agreement of, the lifestyle and medical approaches best suited to managing the person’s risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as Type 2 diabetes.

As the National Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) begins phased national roll out in 2016/17, the programme will be providing information that helps raise awareness of the risk factors associated with developing Type 2 Diabetes and the lifestyle changes that they can make to reduce their risk – including, if eligible attending the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. This activity is already underway in our seven demonstrator sites that the programme is working with. Within Yorkshire and the Humber, Bradford is one of these demonstrator sites.

Building on the NDPP, the Department is developing its plans to improve outcomes for those with and at risk of diabetes. These will be announced in due course.


Jim Shannon – Insulin

Wed, 11 November 2015 | House of Commons – Written Answer
CONTENTS

Asked by Jim Shannon (Strangford) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has made to manufacturers on minimising increases in the price of insulin for treating type 1 diabetes.

Answered by:
George Freeman
Answered on: 11 November 2015

There have been no such representations or discussions. The prices of branded medicines are controlled by the 2014 Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme or under the statutory scheme established under the Health Service Branded Medicines (Control of Prices and Supply of Information) (No.2) Regulations 2008 and the Health Service Medicines (Information Relating to Sales of Branded Medicines etc.) Regulations 2007.


Jim Shannon – Diabetes: International Cooperation

Tue, 10 November 2015 | House of Commons – Written Answer
CONTENTS

Asked by Jim Shannon (Strangford) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on developing a global strategy to tackle diabetes.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 10 November 2015

Departmental Ministers regularly discuss a range of issues, including diabetes, with their international counterparts. However, there have been no specific discussions on a Global Diabetes Strategy.


Jim Shannon – Diabetes: Orthopaedics

Tue, 10 November 2015 | House of Commons – Written Answer
CONTENTS

Asked by Jim Shannon (Strangford) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many amputations were performed on people with diabetes in each of the last five years.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 10 November 2015

The attached table gives a count of finished consultant episodes with a primary diagnosis of diabetes and a primary or secondary procedure of amputation 2009-10 to 2013-14.

FCEs- Diabetes and amputations 2009-14(Excel SpreadSheet, 20.39 KB)


Chris Green – Diabetes

Tue, 10 November 2015 | House of Commons – Written Answer
CONTENTS

Asked by Chris Green (Bolton West) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much NHS England spent providing structured education courses to people living with diabetes in the last year for which figures are available.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 10 November 2015

We do not hold the information requested.

Jim Shannon – Eating Disorders: Medical Treatments

Tue, 10 November 2015 | House of Commons – Written Answer
CONTENTS

Asked by Jim Shannon (Strangford) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of when Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating programmes will be available throughout the NHS.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 10 November 2015

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Quality Standard for diabetes sets out that people with diabetes should receive a structured educational programme as this is key to ensuring that they are able to manage their condition as successfully as possible.

There are a number of national and locally developed patient education programmes, including Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating which is available to people with Type 1 diabetes via general practitioner referral.


Sir David Amess – Diabetes: Visual Impairment

Mon, 9 November 2015 | House of Commons – Written Answer
CONTENTS

Asked by Sir David Amess (Southend West) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS spent on treating patients with diabetic retinopathy in each of the last three years.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 09 November 2015

We do not hold this information in the format requested.


Individual Politician Press Releases and Blogs

Philip Dunne MP – World Diabetes Day

Wed, 11 November 2015 | MPs Press Release
CONTENTS

South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne is backing calls from charities Diabetes UK and Silver Star Diabetes International to raise awareness of the condition ahead of World Diabetes Day on Saturday 14th November.

At an event in Parliament last week, Philip Dunne MP took the quick and easy finger-prick diabetes test to help raise awareness of the need for at risk members of the public to test for the condition. As part of the health challenge, some MPs were issued with a Silver Star Diabetes Pedometer that will measure the amount of steps taken on a chosen day until World Diabetes Day to see who can take the most steps.

He also met Diabetes UK to discuss the launch of their new campaign, Taking Control, which calls for greater education for all people with diabetes, working with local health and education bodies to explain the benefits of attending a diabetes education course.

Mr Dunne said: “Diabetes is a very serious condition that can lead to devastating complications. This is why it is crucial that all people with diabetes have access to the support and education they need to help them manage their condition well.

This would significantly reduce their risk of health complications, resulting in a reduction in the associated costs to healthcare providers both here in the Ludlow constituency and across the country.

I will be talking to local NHS leaders about how to ensure everyone with diabetes in South Shropshire has access to the information and support they need to manage their condition well.”

Every four minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with diabetes. Consequently the NHS spends £1 million an hour on diabetes and its related complications. Currently 3.2 million people in the UK live with the condition. In addition an estimated 1 million people may have diabetes without knowing it.

Access to high-quality diabetes information is essential for people with diabetes, as they have to manage their condition themselves on a daily basis, and may only see their healthcare professionals a few times a year.

To find out more about diabetes, speak to your GP or healthcare professional. To find out more about the Taking Control campaign and how you can take action, visit www.diabetes.org.uk/taking-control


Grahame Morris MP – Grahame Morris MP backs new campaign calling for local action to improve access to diabetes education

Wed, 11 November 2015 | MPs Press Release
CONTENTS

Easington MP, Grahame Morris, is backing a new campaign by Diabetes UK that calls for local action to ensure that all people with diabetes have access to the education and support they need to manage their diabetes well.

The charity is launching a new campaign, Taking Control, to call for education for all people with diabetes to be commissioned everywhere, along with a proper local system that explains to people with diabetes the benefits they will gain from attending an education course and ensures that courses are well run.

At the moment for individuals newly diagnosed with diabetes, less than 1 per cent of people with Type 1 and just 3.8 per cent with Type 2 are recorded as receiving a diabetes education course.

Access to high-quality diabetes education is essential for people with diabetes as they have to manage their condition themselves on a daily basis, and may only see their healthcare professionals a few times a year.

The charity has warned that the poor delivery of diabetes education is fuelling devastating health complications for people with the condition and huge costs to the NHS. This is because failure to manage diabetes effectively can lead to life-threatening complications such as blindness, stroke and amputations. These complications cause personal devastation and are also extremely costly. The NHS spends nearly £10 billion annually on diabetes, 80 per cent of which is spent on treating potentially avoidable complications.

This is why Grahame Morris MP has added his voice to Diabetes UK’s campaign, which is calling for local health leaders to invest in diabetes education courses and increase the numbers of people who attend, and to promote the benefits of diabetes education to people living with the condition.

Grahame Morris MP said: “Diabetes is a very serious condition that can lead to devastating complications. This is why it is crucial that all people with diabetes have access to the support and education they need to help them manage their condition well. This would significantly reduce their risk of health complications, resulting in a reduction in the associated costs to the already stretched NHS both here in Easington and across the country.

“I will be talking to local NHS leaders about what can be done to help ensure everyone with diabetes in Easington gets the education and support they need to manage their condition well. And I have also written to the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt to check that there are plans in place to support Clinical Commissioning Groups to invest in diabetes education courses.”

Robin Hewings, Diabetes UK Head of Policy, said: “We are pleased to have Grahame Morris MP’s support for our campaign that aims to help people with diabetes get the education they need to ‘take control’ of their condition. The poor provision of diabetes education is fuelling a health crisis that is leading to soaring rates of debilitating complications, premature death and huge costs to the NHS. Giving people with diabetes the support and information they need to stay healthy will save lives and money.”

The ‘Taking Control’ campaign is launching on Wednesday 11 November, ahead of World Diabetes Day on Saturday 14 November. Join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #TakingControl.

To find out more about going on an education course, speak to your GP or healthcare professional. To find out more about the Taking Control campaign and how you can take action, visit www.diabetes.org.uk/taking-control


David Evennett MP – Evennett backs campaign to help improve diabetes education

Mon, 9 November 2015 | MPs Press Release
CONTENTS

Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, is backing a new campaign to help people newly diagnosed with diabetes to obtain more information about their condition through self-management courses. He met with Diabetes UK in Parliament last week (Wednesday 4 November) to discuss their new “Taking Control” initiative, which has highlighted the low number of people getting support to manage their own condition. For individuals newly diagnosed with diabetes, less than 1 per cent of people with Type 1 and just 3.8 per cent with Type 2 attend a diabetes education course as recommended by NICE.
Learning about diabetes self management
Mr Evennett has made representations to the Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group to obtain further information about local education programmes and support.
Mr Evennett said “Diabetes is a growing problem across our country. I was concerned to learn that nationally, very few people attend courses after they have been diagnosed to learn more about their condition and how they can manage it effectively. It is therefore vital that we do more to improve the education for people living with diabetes to help reduce the risk, severity and costs of complications like heart disease, stroke and amputations. I will continue to raise this issue with colleagues, NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups”.
He also attended an event with the charity Silver Star on the same day, where he was given a diabetes blood sugar check to help raise awareness of the need for more testing.


Derek Thomas MP – MP’s Column

Sun, 8 November 2015 | MPs Press Release
CONTENTS

I was wrong to generalise that diabetes is avoidable (through diet and exercise). For this I am sorry. The truth is that this is not so with Type 1. Type 1 primarily starts in childhood but can occur at any age and is horrible for them and difficult to manage. Type 2 is largely avoidable.

The growth in Type 2 seems closely related to changing lifestyle and diet, has seen the age of presentation dropping in the last decade and is now being seen in children and young adults.

Next year the Government will launch its strategy to tackle diabetes and the lesson I have learned is that it is very important a clear distinction is made between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. My sincere thanks to everyone who has shared their story with me. World Diabetes Day is on Saturday November 14th and Goonhilly Earth Station will be lighting up in blue as part of global events to raise awareness about this life-changing condition.

Sunday’s Remembrance Day commemorations were, once again, a powerful reminder of the bravery and sacrifice of many men and women who lost their lives so that we can live in peace.

The fact that so many people of all ages continue to take part in our National Day of Remembrance is testament to the work done by the British Legion in particular to ensure we never forget.

I also believe Remembrance Day and similar events serve as an opportunity for us to demonstrate our support and admiration for men and women in the Armed Forces today.

Last week I was privileged to attend a briefing by military personnel to discuss the work the armed forces do today in scores of countries around the world. We also discussed the role of NATO, the increasing role that our armed forces have in the fight against terrorism and the work they do in delivering humanitarian aid.

We concluded with a briefing on how the armed forces see their future in a world where defence spending is shrinking and parts of the world seem increasingly unsafe.

Derek Thomas

Member of Parliament for St Ives


Mims Davies MP – Eastleigh MP Mims Davies backs new Diabetes UK ‘Taking Control’ campaign

Fri, 6 November 2015 | MPs Press Release
CONTENTS

Friday, 6 November, 2015

Eastleigh MP Mims Davies is backing a new campaign by Diabetes UK to ensure people have access to education and support after meeting a constituent with the condition.

Mims met Eastleigh diabetes campaigner Phillip Petty at the event in Westminster to discuss the issue and to support the charity’s new campaign called Taking Control.

Less than 1 per cent of people newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and just 3.8 per cent with Type 2 diabetes receive a diabetes education course.

The charity has warned that the poor delivery of diabetes education is fuelling health complications for people with the condition, and huge costs to the NHS.

Failure to manage diabetes effectively can lead to life-threatening complications such as blindness, stroke and amputations.

Diabetes is a very serious condition that can lead to devastating complications,” said Mims.

“This is why it is crucial that all people with diabetes have access to the support and education they need to help them manage their condition well.

“This would significantly reduce their risk of health complications, resulting in a reduction in the associated costs to NHS both here in Eastleigh and across the country.

Phillip added: “I was delighted to meet with Mims as it gave me the chance to raise my concerns about how difficult it can be for people with diabetes to access diabetes education courses.”

The ‘Taking Control’ campaign is launching on Wednesday 11 November, ahead of World Diabetes Day on Saturday 14 November.

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