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Diabetes in Parliament: 6th – 12th February

House of Commons

House of Commons Questions

McInnes, L – DH – Mandatory nutrition targets

Tue, 9 February 2016 | House of Commons – Oral Question
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Liz McInnes (Heywood and Middleton) (Lab):
Despite the prevalence of pancakes in Parliament today, I am pleased to be asking a food-related question. A recent opinion poll performed by Diabetes UK showed that three quarters of British adults think food and drink manufacturers should reduce the amount of saturated fat, salt and sugar in their products. Does the Minister support introducing mandatory targets for industry to reformulate food and drink products to help people to eat more healthily, and will that form part of the Government’s childhood obesity strategy?

Jane Ellison:
We made considerable progress in this area in the last Parliament, under the responsibility deal, but we have always said that there is more to do and the challenge to industry remains. We will say more about that when we publish the childhood obesity strategy in due course.


Cardiovascular System: Diseases – DH – Daniel Zeichner

Thu, 11 February 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer
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Asked by Daniel Zeichner (Cambridge) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on implementing the Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Strategy.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 11 February 2016

NHS England continues to support implementation of the Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Outcomes Strategy. It is working closely with Public Health England (PHE) on a range of preventative issues which support implementation of the strategy and promote wider improvement in outcomes. These include addressing areas such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol together with the further development of NHS Health Checks, where recent research has shown that with appropriate clinical treatment, an estimated 2,500 people will have avoided a major cardiovascular event, such as heart attack or stroke over the last five years as a result of the programme.

NHS England is also working with partners to support actions that promote earlier diagnosis of conditions such as atrial fibrillation, heart failure and valve disease and improved survival from out of hospital cardiac arrest.

NHS England also hosts an expert forum which brings together the relevant National Clinical Directors, national charities, the National CVD Intelligence Network, PHE and the Department. This collaborative continues to coordinate delivery of the work which was initiated in the CVD Outcomes Strategy.


Pregnancy: Diabetes – DH – Jim Shannon

Wed, 10 February 2016 | 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 Colleges on the possible connection between potato consumption and diabetes in pregnancy.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 10 February 2016

No such discussions have been held.


Diabetes – DH – Jim Shannon

Tue, 9 February 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer
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Asked by Jim Shannon (Strangford) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of when treatments for diabetes involving the use of skin cells will become available.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 09 February 2016

Whilst we welcome any new forms of treatment or technology that may improve patient care, it is however too early to say whether current research on the potential to modify human skin cells into working pancreas cells will result in possible treatments for people with diabetes.

Skin cells have also been studied for the application of promoting healing in diabetic foot ulcers. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline NG19 Diabetic foot problems: prevention and management, published in August 2015 recommends that, on the advice of the multidisciplinary foot care service, dermal or skin substitutes can be used in addition to standard care when treating diabetic foot ulcers.

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng19/chapter/1-Recommendations

Health and care professionals are expected to take NICE guidance on the treatment of relevant conditions fully into account when deciding how to treat a patient.


Diabetes: Heart Diseases – DH – Jim Shannon

Tue, 9 February 2016 | 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 clinical bodies on the link between diabetes and heart disease.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 09 February 2016

There have been no such recent discussions.

Grouped Questions: 25305


Diabetes: Pears – DH – Jim Shannon

Tue, 9 February 2016 | 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 clinical bodies on the potential connection between the level of diabetes and eating pears to reduce sugar levels.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 09 February 2016

There have been no such recent discussions.

Grouped Questions: 25303


Soft Drinks – DH – Andrew Gwynne

Tue, 9 February 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer
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Asked by Andrew Gwynne (Denton and Reddish) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions (a) he and (b) the Minister for Public Health has had with Ministers in HM Treasury on the fiscal effect of an additional tax on soft drinks containing sugar.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 09 February 2016

There are ongoing discussions between the Department and other Government departments, including HM Treasury, to consider a range of options to reduce sugar consumption.

We will be launching our childhood obesity strategy in due course. It will look at everything, including sugar, that contributes to a child becoming overweight and obese.


Obesity: Children – DH – Andrew Gwynne

Mon, 8 February 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer
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Asked by Andrew Gwynne (Denton and Reddish) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the childhood obesity strategy will be published before 23 June 2016.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 08 February 2016

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 2 February 2016 to Question 24826


House of Lords

Sugar: Taxation – DH – Lord Pendry

Tue, 9 February 2016 | House of Lords – Written Answer
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Asked by Lord Pendry Asked by Lord Pendry Asked on: 28 January 2016 Department of Health Sugar: Taxation Lords HL5598 To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the support from a range of health organisations, including the World Health Organization, they plan to reconsider a sugar tax as a part of the forthcoming childhood obesity strategy.

Lord Prior of Brampton Answered on: 09 February 2016

As part of its review to identify possible actions to reduce sugar intakes and inform the Government’s thinking on sugar, Public Health England considered the current evidence around fiscal measures such as a tax on sugary foods and drinks. We are considering this alongside other evidence as we develop our childhood obesity strategy which will be launched shortly. It will look at everything, including sugar, that contributes to a child becoming overweight and obese. It will also set out what more can be done by all sides.

Grouped Questions: HL5599


Sugar: Taxation – DH – Lord Pendry

Tue, 9 February 2016 | House of Lords – Written Answer
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Asked by Lord Pendry Asked by Lord Pendry Asked on: 28 January 2016 Department of Health Sugar: Taxation Lords HL5599 To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent of evidence and support, nationally and internationally, for a sugar tax as an element of tackling obesity, and why they do not support such a tax.

Lord Prior of Brampton Answered on: 09 February 2016

As part of its review to identify possible actions to reduce sugar intakes and inform the Government’s thinking on sugar, Public Health England considered the current evidence around fiscal measures such as a tax on sugary foods and drinks. We are considering this alongside other evidence as we develop our childhood obesity strategy which will be launched shortly. It will look at everything, including sugar, that contributes to a child becoming overweight and obese. It will also set out what more can be done by all sides.

Grouped Questions: HL5598

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