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Diabetes in Parliament: 27 June – 8 July

House of Commons

House of Commons Questions

Vaz, K – DH – Diabetes and pharmacies

Tue, 5 July 2016 | House of Commons – Oral Question

Keith Vaz (Leicester East) (Lab)

Mr Speaker, let us note another milestone this year: your election yesterday as a freeman of the City of London. We look forward to you bringing your own flock of sheep to Westminster in future.

The Secretary of State will know that we are facing a diabetes crisis, and by 2025, 5 million people will have been diagnosed with diabetes. There are 32,000 pharmacies in the United Kingdom, with 13,000 community-based schemes. Given that 99% of the population live near a pharmacy, does the Secretary of State agree that more diabetes work should be given to pharmacies, to try to ease the burden and pressure on general practitioners?

Mr Hunt

There is a lot of potential in what the right hon. Gentleman says. The financial pressures on the NHS and general practice mean that this is the right moment to rethink the role of pharmacies, and consider whether we can be better at tapping into the incredible skills that pharmacists have as trained clinicians, which I do not think we make the most of. He is right to say that diabetes and childhood obesity is a big priority for the Government, and I hope we will be able to inform the House more about that soon.


Obesity: Surgery – DH – Jim Shannon

Wed, 6 July 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Jim Shannon (Strangford) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with clinical bodies on the potential merits of weight-loss surgery in preventing diabetes.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 06 July 2016

There have been no such discussions.


Diabetes – DH – Keith Vaz

Fri, 1 July 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Keith Vaz (Leicester East) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what awareness-raising activities his Department has undertaken in support of Diabetes Awareness Week 2016.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 01 July 2016

Public Health England’s (PHE) One You and Change4Life campaigns encourage people and families to make lifestyle changes to improve their health and reduce the risk of conditions such as diabetes on an ongoing basis.

PHE had scheduled Facebook posts raising awareness of Diabetes Awareness Week 2016.


Diabetes: Medical Treatments – DH – Jim Shannon

Thu, 30 June 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Jim Shannon (Strangford) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the balloon device to be available through the NHS for people with diabetes.

Answered by:
Jane Ellison
Answered on: 30 June 2016

It is for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to provide national clinical guidance and advice to improve health and social care based on the latest research and evidence base for use of technology and devices such as gastric balloons.

NICE has not issued any guidance on the use of gastric balloons for people with diabetes. However it has published a clinical guideline on the identification, assessment and management of obesity that contains recommendations for assessment for bariatric surgery to be considered for people with recent-onset type 2 diabetes within specified criteria.


McInnes, L – DfE – Investment in PE lessons

Mon, 4 July 2016 | House of Commons – Oral Question

Liz McInnes (Heywood and Middleton) (Lab)

We would all agree that participation in sport at school is character building, and the Chancellor announced in his Budget that moneys raised from the sugar tax will be spent on sport in schools. How much money is expected to be raised from the sugar tax, and what talks have taken place on how those funds will be spent?

Edward Timpson

The hon. Lady is right to highlight that money from the sugar levy will be spent directly on sport and physical activity. There is also a commitment of £500 million to help up to 25% of secondary schools extend their school day, and we have doubled the PE and sport premium for secondary schools from £150 million to £300 million per year, which is already making a significant impact on the quality of PE in many of our primary schools.


House of Lords

Lords Oral Question – Health: Diabetes and Obesity

Thu, 30 June 2016 | House of Lords – Oral Question

Health: Diabetes and Obesity
30 June 2016
Question

Asked by

Lord Harrison

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that those with diabetes have adequate support to tackle obesity.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Prior of Brampton) (Con)

My Lords, it is for healthcare professionals to identify, in consultation with their patients, what support is needed to manage diabetes effectively. This includes people with diabetes accessing programmes to help manage their weight, eat healthily and be more active.

For the full transcript of this OQ click here.

 

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