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Diabetes in Parliament: 22nd – 29th April

House of Commons Questions


Diabetes: Orthopaedics – DH – Liz McInnes

Wed, 27 April 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer
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Asked by Liz McInnes (Heywood and Middleton) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in reducing the national diabetes-related amputation rate since his 2013 commitment to halving that rate.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 27 April 2016

The NHS Five Year Forward View committed to introducing the first national diabetes prevention programme to be delivered nationwide. As a result, NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK have been working together on Healthier You: the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme which this year will offer at least 10,000 places on an evidence based behaviour change intervention shown to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Preventing diabetes from developing in those at risk will be key to combatting the rise of this condition and its complications, including those resulting in amputation, in the coming years.

We have made achieving a measurable reduction in variation in the management and care of people with diabetes by 2020 a mandate objective for NHS England and improving foot care for people with diabetes is an important part of achieving this. NHS England will support clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and providers in identifying the steps they need to take to improve outcomes for patients with diabetes, including foot care services for inpatients.

Improvements in outcomes for patients with diabetes will be monitored as part of the CCG Improvement and Assessment Framework. Also, the National Diabetes Foot Care Audit, the first of which was published in March, provides data on all diabetes foot care services. This will enable all foot care services to measure their performance against the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence clinical guidelines and peer units, and to monitor adverse outcomes for people who develop diabetic foot disease.


Diabetes: Chiropody – DH – Liz McInnes

Wed, 27 April 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Liz McInnes (Heywood and Middleton) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to help reduce the number of hospitals which do not have a multi-disciplinary diabetes foot care team as advised in NICE guidance.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 27 April 2016

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published clinical guidance and quality standards on the treatment of diabetes and its complications. The NICE Diabetes Quality Standard is clear that people with diabetes who are at risk of foot ulceration should receive regular reviews by a foot protection team in accordance with its clinical guidance. The Health and Social Care Act (2012) places a duty on NHS England to have regard to the NICE Quality Standards. Clinical commissioning groups should also have regard to them in planning and delivering services, as part of a general duty to secure a continuous improvement in quality.

Our mandate to NHS England for next year includes an objective for NHS England “to lead a step change in the NHS in preventing ill health and supporting people to live healthier lives”.

There has been an increase in the provision of access to a Multidisciplinary Diabetes Foot care Teams and an indicator measuring performance is included within the National Diabetes Audit to enable progress to be tracked. The focus to date has been on improving access to assessment and treatment by a specialist team. In terms of the proportion of hospitals with a Multidisciplinary Diabetes Foot Care Team, this was 60% in 2011, 72% in 2013, and the figure for 2015 will be published soon as part of the National Diabetes Inpatient Audit 2015 report.


School Meals – DfE – Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Tue, 26 April 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Washington and Sunderland West) To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to assess the potential benefits of applying school food standards to all schools as part of the Government’s childhood obesity strategy.

Answered by:
Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 26 April 2016

Tackling obesity, particularly in children, is one of our major priorities. We will be launching our cross-government Childhood Obesity Strategy in the summer. It will look at everything that contributes to a child becoming overweight and obese. It will also set out what more can be done by all.

The School Food Standards apply to all local authority maintained schools and to academies that opened prior to 2010 and from June 2014 onwards.

1,420 academies have voluntarily registered to follow the standards, including some of the largest Multi-Academy Trusts. Many academy caterers also hold the Food for Life Catering Mark, which also guarantees compliance with the School Food Standards.


Soft Drinks: Taxation – HM Treasury – Dr Lisa Cameron

Tue, 26 April 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Dr Lisa Cameron (East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow) To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount which the soft drinks industry levy will raise for public expenditure in Scotland.

Answered by:
Damian Hinds
Answered on: 26 April 2016

The soft drinks industry levy is part of the government’s strategy to tackle childhood obesity. It is aimed at encouraging producers to reformulate their product mix and move consumers towards lower sugar alternatives.

The levy is expected to raise £520 million in the first year across the UK; the OBR expect that this number will fall over time as producers reformulate their product mix and consumption of high sugar drinks decreases. In England, the revenue will be used to double the primary school PE and sport premium; provide funding to give 25% of secondary schools increased opportunity to extend their school day to offer a wider range of activities for pupils; and fund the expansion of breakfast clubs in up to 1,600 schools.

As stated at Budget 2016, the Barnett Formula will continue to be applied to spending on these new initiatives in the normal way.


Soft Drinks: Taxation – HM Treasury – Rebecca Long Bailey

Tue, 26 April 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Rebecca Long Bailey (Salford and Eccles) To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.95 of the Budget 2016, whether his Department plans to maintain the same level of funding for sports activities, breakfast clubs in schools and extending the school day in circumstances where receipts from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy decline as the tax base for that levy reduces.

Answered by:
Greg Hands
Answered on: 26 April 2016

The soft drinks industry levy is part of the government’s strategy to tackle childhood obesity. It is aimed at encouraging producers to reformulate their product mix and move consumers towards lower sugar alternatives.

The levy is expected to raise £520 million in the first year; the OBR expect that this number will fall over time as producers reformulate and consumption of high sugary drinks decreases.

Our spending plans for these policies are as set out in the budget document. This announced that, in England, revenue from the soft drinks industry levy over the scorecard period will be used to:

  • Double the primary school PE and sport premium from £160 million per year to £320 million per year from September 2017.
  • Provide up to £285 million a year to give 25% of secondary schools increased opportunity to extend their school day.
  • Provide £10 million funding a year to expand breakfast clubs from September 2017.

It also confirmed that the Barnett formula will be applied to spending on these new initiatives in the normal way.


House of Lords

Sexual Dysfunction – DH – Lord Black of Brentwood

Mon, 25 April 2016 | House of Lords – Written Answer

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Asked by Lord Black of Brentwood Asked by Lord Black of Brentwood Asked on: 11 April 2016 Department of Health Sexual Dysfunction Lords HL7501 To ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for developing and updating clinical guidance on the treatment of men with erectile dysfunction in England.

Lord Prior of Brampton Answered on: 25 April 2016

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has included guidance on erectile dysfunction in the following guidelines:

– Chronic heart failure in adults: management (CG108) published in August 2010;
– Type 1 diabetes in adults: diagnosis and management (NG17) published in August 2015; and
– Type 2 diabetes in adults: management (NG28) published in December 2015.

Copies of these documents are attached.

It is for NHS England to commission NICE to develop a specific clinical guideline on the management and treatment of erectile dysfunction.

NG28 Guideline(PDF Document, 853.37 KB) NG17 Guideline(PDF Document, 274.46 KB) CG108 Guidance (PDF Document, 171.16 KB)


Fruit Juices – HM Treasury – Baroness Masham of Ilton

Tue, 26 April 2016 | House of Lords – Written Answer

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Asked by Baroness Masham of Ilton Asked by Baroness Masham of Ilton Asked on: 12 April 2016 HM Treasury Fruit Juices Lords HL7555 To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the associated health benefits of some sweetened fruit juices, and of the impact of the sugar levy on sweetened fruit juices with such associated health benefits.

Lord O’Neill of Gatley Answered on: 26 April 2016

The new soft drinks industry levy does not target pure fruit juices where no sugar is added. Fruit juices are part of the 5-a-day message as they have intrinsic nutrients and other health benefits.

Juice drinks with added sugar are in the scope of the levy because they can be reformulated and/or sweetened with less caloric sweeteners providing the same vitamins and health benefits without the added sugar.


Sugar: Taxation – HM Treasury – Baroness Masham of Ilton

Tue, 26 April 2016 | House of Lords – Written Answer

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Asked by Baroness Masham of Ilton Asked by Baroness Masham of Ilton Asked on: 12 April 2016 HM Treasury Sugar: Taxation Lords HL7554 To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether HM Treasury is working with the Department of Health on the implementation of the sugar levy, and if so, how.

Lord O’Neill of Gatley Answered on: 26 April 2016

There are ongoing discussions between HM Treasury and the Department of Health on the implementation of the soft drinks industry levy.


Individual Politician Press Releases and Blogs

Ian Austin MP – Austin helps highlight diabetes risk in Dudley

Wed, 27 April 2016 | MPs Press Release

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Dudley North MP Ian Austin will help raise awareness of type two diabetes by taking part in the Diabetes UK ‘Know Your Risk’ challenge.

Austin will visit the Diabetes UK Roadshow on Thursday 21st April at 12:30 in Dudley Market Place.

The roadshow aims to highlight the disease and will give people more information on their risk of diabetes. There will also be a dietitian on hand to provide tips on how eating healthy can reduce an individual’s risk.

The NHS spends 10 per cent of its budget, around £10 billion, to treat diabetes every year. With 11.5 million people in the UK at increased risk of Type 2 diabetes the NHS cannot afford for all these people to develop the condition.

Ian Austin said:

“I think it’s great that ‘The Know Your Risk Roadshow’ is making its way into Dudley.

“With the more than 3.5 million people in the UK living with diabetes it is important that more people are aware of the risks and what they can do to lead a healthy life.”

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