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Diabetes in Parliament: 22nd – 29th July

House of Commons Questions

Diabetes: Depressive Illnesses – DH – Jim Shannon

Mon, 25 July 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Jim Shannon (Strangford) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has undertaken or assessed on links between depression and diabetes.

Answered by:
Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 25 July 2016

NHS England is undertaking work aimed at supporting people with diabetes who need psychological support: for example, psychological support for children with diabetes is being incentivised through the paediatric diabetes best practice tariff.

More generally, work has recently been undertaken on treating common mental health disorders for people with long term physical conditions, including diabetes. Based on the findings from this and other published evidence, Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health outlines NHS England’s ambition that two thirds of the expansion of psychological therapies services for common mental health problems, such as depression, will be integrated within physical health pathways, including diabetes.


Diabetes: Medical Equipment – DH – Jim Shannon

Mon, 25 July 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Jim Shannon (Strangford) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to make personal devices for instant monitoring of insulin levels available to people with diabetes on the NHS.

Answered by:
Nicola Blackwood
Answered on: 25 July 2016

We are not aware of any clinical utility associated with the instant monitoring of insulin levels. However, continuous glucose monitoring devices can measure glucose levels 24 hours a day and it is for National Health Service commissioners to decide whether to make these available to their local populations.

In August 2015, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published guidelines which recommend that such devices should not be made routinely available to people with Type 1 diabetes unless they are willing to commit to using them at least 70% of the time and to calibrate them as needed (as well as meeting certain other criteria).

NICE has found that, for some people, continuous glucose monitoring can have clinical benefit but generally it is not more effective than current methods of self-monitoring.


Work and Health Programme – DWP – Ronnie Cowan

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

Asked by Ronnie Cowan (Inverclyde) To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department plans to publish its Work and Health Green Paper.

Answered by:
Penny Mordaunt
Answered on: 26 July 2016

We plan to publish the Work and Health Green Paper later this year to start to reframe the discussion with disabled people, those who have long term health conditions and their representative organisations. The Green Paper points towards long-term reform.


House of Lords Questions

Obesity: Children – DH – Lord Pendry

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

Asked by Lord Pendry Asked by Lord Pendry Asked on: 19 July 2016 Department of Health Obesity: Children Lords HL1333 To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish their strategy on tackling child obesity; and whether that strategy will include a commitment to children taking part in sports activity, as well as the monitoring and regulation of the advertising of sugary products.

Lord Prior of Brampton Answered on: 26 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.

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