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Diabetes in Parliament: 15th – 22nd July

House of Commons Questions

Diabetes: Health Education – DH – Mr Jamie Reed

Mon, 18 July 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will provide support to employers to encourage people diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes to attend a diabetes education course soon after they are diagnosed.

Answered by:
Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 18 July 2016

Promoting the best possible care for all people with diabetes is a key priority for this Government.

Patient education will play a crucial part in empowering all people with diabetes to manage their condition more effectively and help avoid complications in the future. We know there is much further to go in the proportion of people with diabetes attending structured education programmes. The Department, NHS England and Diabetes UK are currently looking at a number of ways to improve take up.


Diabetes: Medical Equipment – DH – Mr Jamie Reed

Mon, 18 July 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

  • Asked by Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the annual cost to people with Type 1 diabetes who self-fund a continuous glucose monitor.
  • Asked by Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential benefit to the UK economy of NHS investment in continuous glucose monitors for adults and children with Type 1 Diabetes.

Answered by:
Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 18 July 2016

No estimate has been made of the annual cost to people with Type 1 diabetes who self-fund a continuous glucose monitor.

In August 2015, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence provided updated guidelines for both Type 1 diabetes and for children and young people with diabetes. In both, the cost effectiveness, as well as the clinical effectiveness, of continuous glucose monitoring was assessed. Both sets of guidelines outline specific clinical situations where the clinical and cost effectiveness justify consideration of the use of the technology.


Jamie Reed MP – Jamie Reed MP PMQs

Wed, 20 July 2016 | MPs Press Release

In his question to the Prime Minister, Copeland MP Jamie Reed said (check against delivery):

“As someone with Type 1 diabetes and as a father and uncle to children with the condition, on behalf of 500,000 Britons, 30,000 of them children, can I thank the PM for the example she has set in proving that in no way should this condition hold anyone back in any way.

“The PM’s predecessor left the NHS in a much worse state than he found it. Will the PM now honour his promises to the NHS and to smaller district general hospitals in particular and will she please both visit and intervene to ensure that her government does not continue to cut services from the West Cumberland Hospital in my constituency?”

The Prime Minister responded:

“The hon. Gentleman refers to divisions on the Conservative Benches. I have to say: which party was it that took three weeks to decide who its unity candidate should be? It is the Labour party that is divided.

I thank the hon. Gentleman for his remarks on type 1 diabetes. There are many youngsters out there, from tiny tots to teenagers, living with type 1 diabetes. It is important that we send a message to them that their future is not limited: they can do whatever they want.

The hon. Gentleman is the first hon. Member at Prime Minister’s questions to invite me to his constituency. I will, of course, look very closely at all invitations I receive. It is important that decisions about the construct of local NHS services are taken at a local level by the NHS. He made a point about the agreement in the official policy of the Conservative party and the Labour party on Trident. I simply remind him that where we did disagree at the election was that the Conservative party agreed to put in the money that was necessary for the NHS. The Labour party refused to commit to that.”


Obesity: Children – DH – Helen Jones

Mon, 18 July 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Helen Jones (Warrington North) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11 July 2016 to Question 41992, what the reasons are for the time taken to publish the childhood obesity strategy; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by:
Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 18 July 2016

Obesity is a complex problem with many factors having an impact. For this reason, it is important to ensure that the Childhood Obesity Strategy is as comprehensive as possible. The Prime Minister and the Cabinet will be working over the coming days and weeks to establish their priorities and how we deliver on these commitments.


Food: Advertising – DH – Helen Jones

Mon, 18 July 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Helen Jones (Warrington North) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the advertising of junk food on children’s diets and health; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by:
Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 18 July 2016

Our forthcoming Childhood Obesity Strategy will look at everything that contributes to a child becoming overweight and obese. The Prime Minister and the Cabinet will be working over the coming days and weeks to establish their priorities and how we deliver on these commitments.


Food: Advertising – DCMS – Helen Jones

Mon, 18 July 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Helen Jones (Warrington North) To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has made an assessment of the feasibility of banning the advertising of junk food before the 9pm watershed; and if she will make a statement.

Answered by:
Karen Bradley
Answered on: 18 July 2016

The Government’s Childhood Obesity Strategy, will look at everything that contributes to a child becoming overweight and obese. It will set out what more can be done by all. We cannot comment on the contents of the strategy at this stage.

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