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Diabetes in Parliament: 29th April – 6th May


Chronic Illnesses: Prescriptions – DH – Mr Barry Sheerman

Tue, 3 May 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the potential annual cost to the public purse of exempting all people with long-term medical conditions from prescription charges.

Answered by:
Alistair Burt
Answered on: 03 May 2016

We have not made a recent estimate of the cost to the public purse in lost revenue from introducing an exemption from prescription charges for all people with long-term medical conditions. However, the review of prescription charges by Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, which was commissioned by a previous Government and published in 2010, estimated that extending the prescription charge exemption to everyone with a long-term condition would cost £360 to £430 million a year. This is likely to be an underestimate, given the increase in the prescription charge and increasing numbers of prescriptions dispensed since the Review was published. Overall prescription charge revenue for 2014/15, which is the last year for which we have a complete audited figure, was £503.9 million.

A number of prescription charge exemptions are in place, for which someone with a long-term condition may qualify. These include exemptions based on low income, such as certain out of work benefits and the NHS Low Income Scheme, and age. Where someone does not qualify for exemption, Prescription Prepayment Certificates are available. The 3-month and 12-month certificates allow someone to claim as many prescriptions as they need for £29.10 and £104, respectively. Approximately 90% of all prescriptions are dispensed in England without a charge.


Diabetes – DH – Lord Morris of Aberavon

Wed, 4 May 2016 | House of Lords – Written Answer

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Asked by Lord Morris of Aberavon Asked on: 26 April 2016 Department of Health Diabetes Lords HL7977 To ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding increases they have proposed for type 1 diabetes in 2016–17 and in subsequent years.

Lord Prior of Brampton Answered on: 04 May 2016

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) commission services for people with type 1 diabetes and we would expect them to prioritise their funding in accordance with local needs and within the overall resources available.

The effective treatment and care of diabetes is one of the clinical priority areas highlighted in the CCG Improvement and Assessment Framework recently published by NHS England.


Obesity – DH – Angela Smith

Tue, 3 May 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Angela Smith (Penistone and Stocksbridge) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether Public Health England will be responsible for drafting and publishing the obesity strategy.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 03 May 2016

The Childhood Obesity Strategy, which will be launched in the summer, is being led by the Department with input from across Government, including Public Health England.


Obesity – DH – Angela Smith

Tue, 3 May 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Angela Smith (Penistone and Stocksbridge) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for the publication of the obesity strategy; and what role (a) Public Health England and (b) his Department is playing in the drafting of that strategy.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 03 May 2016

The Childhood Obesity Strategy, which will be launched in the summer, is being led by the Department with input from across Government, including Public Health England.


Obesity – DH – Angela Smith

Tue, 3 May 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

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Asked by Angela Smith (Penistone and Stocksbridge) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department will be responsible for drafting and publishing the obesity strategy.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 03 May 2016

The Childhood Obesity Strategy, which will be launched in the summer, is being led by the Department with input from across Government, including Public Health England.


Obesity: Children – DH – Lord Pendry

Tue, 3 May 2016 | House of Lords – Written Answer

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Asked by Lord Pendry Asked on: 18 April 2016 Department of Health Obesity: Children Lords HL7742 To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that physical activity is an integral part of tackling obesity in the forthcoming childhood obesity strategy, in the light of the correlation between inactivity and childhood obesity.

Lord Prior of Brampton Answered on: 03 May 2016

Our Childhood Obesity Strategy, which will be launched in the summer, will look at everything that contributes to a child becoming overweight and obese including inactivity.

 

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