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Diabetes in Parliament: 29 February – 4 March

House of Commons

MPs debate diabetes care

Thu, 3 March 2016 | Debate – Adjournment and General

Diabetes Care

Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—(Gavin Barwell.)
5 pm

Keith Vaz (Leicester East) (Lab): Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for giving me the opportunity to debate this important matter. I begin by declaring my interests as a type 2 diabetic and chair of the all-party parliamentary group for diabetes. In 2007, I founded the diabetes charity Silver Star, and I am an active and passionate supporter of Diabetes UK and JDRF—the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation—both of which provide secretarial services to the APPG. I would argue that we currently have the best diabetes Minister we have ever had, and I am glad to see her on the Front Bench today. I would like to thank her and her diabetes tsar, Jonathan Valabhji, for all the work that they do.

Diabetes is one of the most important health challenges facing the NHS and indeed the world. Sometimes we get immune to the facts, even though they are so devastating: 3.5 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with diabetes; 700 people a day are diagnosed with the illness; by the end of this debate 15 more people will have been diagnosed with diabetes—that is one every 2 minutes; and it is estimated that by 2025 some 5 million people in the United Kingdom will have diabetes.

Despite the good intentions of the Government, the passion of practitioners and the interest of many Members of this House, I am worried that the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diabetes is not high enough on the agenda. One in five hospital admissions for heart failure, heart attack and stroke are people with diabetes. Diabetes is responsible for more than 135 amputations a week, four out of five of which are avoidable. Diabetes is the leading cause of preventable sight loss and the most common cause of kidney failure. Every year, more than 24,000 people die prematurely due to diabetes.

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House of Commons Questions

Diabetes – DH – Keith Vaz

Mon, 29 February 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Keith Vaz (Leicester East) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of public health budgets are allocated to services related to diabetes in 2015-16.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 29 February 2016

There is no specific allocation for public health services related to diabetes. Local authorities receive a grant which must be spent on public health, but are best placed to assess local needs, prioritise and deploy available resources accordingly. The NHS Health Check is a national programme that seeks to offer preventative checks for all those in the population aged between 40-74 to assess their risk of vascular disease, including diabetes. NHS England commissions the NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme but does not receive a specific allocation for this service.


 

Soft Drinks: Sugar – DH – Mr Gregory Campbell

Thu, 3 March 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Kantar Worldpanel 2014 dataset on sales-weighted average sugar content in soft drinks; and whether he plans to review the Government’s voluntary approach to the food and drink industry in relation to calorie reduction in soft drinks.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 03 March 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 on sugar in food and drinks. We are considering this alongside other evidence as we develop our Childhood Obesity Strategy which will be launched in the summer. It will look at everything that contributes to a child becoming overweight and obese including sugar. It will also set out what more can be done by all.


Obesity: Surgery – DH – Maggie Throup

Tue, 1 March 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Maggie Throup (Erewash) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support NHS England plans to provide clinical commissioning groups relating to the transfer of obesity surgery commissioning responsibilities from NHS England after that transfer.

Answered by:
George Freeman
Answered on: 01 March 2016

Although the transfer is effective from April 2016, the handover process will be agreed between specialised commissioning and individual clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), in line with their preparedness.

Specialised commissioning teams will continue to provide advice and support CCGs post-handover in line with the CCG’s need. CCGs already have mechanisms in place to monitor provider performance and quality through the existing quality assurance processes.


Obesity: Surgery – DH – Maggie Throup

Tue, 1 March 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Maggie Throup (Erewash) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what budget he plans to allocate to each clinical commissioning group in England to support the effective transfer of obesity surgery in April in a manner consistent with NICE’s clinical guidelines.

Answered by:
George Freeman
Answered on: 01 March 2016

NHS England is not currently able to provide a figure for individual clinical commissioning groups on 1 April 2016 as the basis for calculating the figures is still being finalised.


Obesity: Surgery – DH – Maggie Throup

Tue, 1 March 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Maggie Throup (Erewash) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2015 to Question 18621, what further assessment he has made of levels of preparedness among clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) for the planned transfer of obesity surgery commissioning responsibilities to CCGs in April 2016.

Answered by:
George Freeman
Answered on: 01 March 2016

NHS England is supporting the transfer of commissioning responsibilities to ensure that clinical commissioning groups are fully prepared to assume the role working through collaborative commissioning forums.

NHS England have provided a commissioning information pack including a stocktake of local services, care pathways, waiting times and a quality overview for each local area. National clinical experts are currently finalising commissioning and clinical guidance on standards for the adult obesity surgery pathway.

The draft service specification reflects best practice and describes the standard providers will need to meet for the surgical service.


House of Lords

Obesity – DH – The Marquess of Lothian

Thu, 3 March 2016 | House of Lords – Written Answer

Asked by The Marquess of Lothian Asked by The Marquess of Lothian Asked on: 23 February 2016 Department of Health Obesity Lords HL6358 To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish their strategy to tackle obesity in the UK.

Lord Prior of Brampton Answered on: 03 March 2016

The Childhood Obesity Strategy will be a key step forward in helping our children live healthier lives. There is still work across Government to be done to get it right, so the strategy will be published in the summer.

 

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