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Weekly diabetes parliamentary round-up

House of Commons Questions

Cholesterol: Drugs – DH – Mr Virendra Sharma

Wed, 2 November 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Mr Virendra Sharma (Ealing, Southall) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the innovative potential of PCSK9 inhibitor medicines for the treatment of high levels of cholesterol.

Asked by Mr Virendra Sharma (Ealing, Southall) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for people with high cholesterol to access PCSK9 inhibitors for the treatment of that condition.

Answered by: Nicola Blackwood Answered on: 02 November 2016

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has appraised the PCSK9 inhibitors alirocumab (Praluent) and evolocumab (Repatha) for treating primary hypercholesterolaemia and mixed dyslipidaemia. In June 2016, NICE issued final technology appraisal guidance recommending both treatments, subject to certain criteria. Further information is available at:

www.nice.org.uk/guidance/conditions-and-diseases/diabetes-and-other-endocrinal–nutritional-and-metabolic-conditions/lipid-disorders

NHS Commissioners are legally required to fund drugs and treatments recommended in NICE technology appraisal guidance within three months of its final guidance being issued.


Diabetes: Hartlepool – DH – Mr Iain Wright

Tue, 1 November 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the level of Type (a) 1 and (b) 2 diabetes among the population of Hartlepool constituency; and what steps he is taking to (i) manage and (ii) reduce such conditions.

Answered by: Nicola Blackwood Answered on: 01 November 2016

Diagnosed diabetes prevalence in England is taken from the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) and represents all patients aged 17 and over who have been diagnosed with diabetes and included on general practice (GP) registers. Data are available by GP practices, clinical commissioning group (CCG) and for England.

Table: Estimated number of people with diabetes in Hartlepool
2014-15 Number Prevalence
Hartlepool 4,838 6.3%
Source: Quality and Outcomes Framework 2014-15. NHS Digital is the trading name of the Health and Social Care Information Centre. All rights reserved.
Notes:
  1. Diagnosed diabetes prevalence is not available by parliamentary constituency and has been estimated by aggregating GP practice level data where the postcode of the main practice falls within the local authority boundary.
  2. The data are not split by type 1 or type 2 diabetes but it is estimated that approximately 90% of all diabetes is type 2 (source: National Diabetes Audit).

This Government is working hard to improve outcomes and quality of life for those already living with diabetes and those who will develop it in the coming years.

Preventing type 2 diabetes is a key priority. Delivery of a national diabetes prevention programme is a manifesto commitment and alongside this the mandate to the National Health Service includes goals on diabetes prevention. Healthier You: the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) is the first type 2 diabetes prevention programme of its kind to be delivered at scale, nationwide. By 2020, the NDPP will be made available to up to 100,000 people at risk of diabetes each year across England. Those referred will get tailored, personalised help to reduce their risk including education on healthy eating and lifestyle and bespoke physical exercise programmes.

One of our key goals in the mandate to the NHS is a measurable reduction in variation in the management and care of people with the condition within the lifetime of this Parliament. Funding has been secured through the spending review to help achieve this and NHS England is developing a programme to ensure that those CCGs which need extra investment in this area, accompanied by sound plans for delivery, receive it.

In addition, the Clinical Commissioning Group Improvement and Assessment Framework will play a key role in delivering this as it contains two recognised evidence based measures of whether patients with diabetes are being supported to successfully manage their condition (achievement of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence treatment targets and participation in structured education programmes).


Cardiovascular System – DH – Mr Virendra Sharma

Tue, 1 November 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Mr Virendra Sharma (Ealing, Southall) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of the Cardiovascular Outcomes Strategy on patient outcomes since its publication.

Answered by: David Mowat Answered on: 01 November 2016

No formal assessment has been made of the effect of the Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Outcomes Strategy on patient outcomes.

However, NHS England continues to support a number of national clinical audits which provide the information to enable commissioners to assess the quality of local services, including in relation to heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

NHS England hosts a CVD outcomes collaborative which brings together the relevant National Clinical Directors, the main relevant national charities, NHS Improving Quality, the National CVD Intelligence Network, Public Health England and the Department. This collaborative continues to coordinate delivery of the work which was initiated in the CVD Outcomes Strategy.


House of Commons Questions

Department for Culture, Media and Sport – DCMS – Paul Blomfield

Thu, 3 November 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Paul Blomfield (Sheffield Central) To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if the Government will fund accessible physical activity sessions during school holidays from the proceeds of the soft drinks industry levy.

Answered by: Tracey Crouch Answered on: 03 November 2016

Revenue from the soft drinks levy will be used to improve school sport and to get more children and young people involved in sport and physical activity.

It will be used to double the PE and School Sport Premium, providing £320 million from September 2017 to all primary schools, to improve provision of PE and sport for all.

Schools can decide how best to use this funding, and may choose to run extra-curricular activities during school holidays or to buy equipment.


Physical Education – DfE – Grant Shapps

Tue, 1 November 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield) To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to improve on the Sport England strategy to develop physical literacy in schools during this current Parliament.

Asked by Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield) To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans her Department has to take advantage of new technologies such as activity and exercise tracking to improve childrens’ fitness and physical literacy in schools.

Answered by: Edward Timpson Answered on: 01 November 2016

We want all pupils to be healthy and active, and have given schools the freedom to deliver a diverse and challenging PE curriculum that best suits the needs of their pupils.

PE is a compulsory subject at all four key stages in the national curriculum. The programme of study sets the expectation that schools should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness. Through the primary PE and sport premium, primary schools have already received over £450 million of ring-fenced funding to provide additional and sustainable improvements to their PE and sport provision. In an independent evaluation, 84% of schools reported an increase in pupil engagement in PE during curricular time and in the levels of participation in extra-curricular activities.

Schools can decide how best to use this funding, and may elect to bring in additional resources and technologies if they feel this would provide additional and sustainable improvements to their PE and sport provision. The Government has committed to doubling the funding to £320 million a year from September 2017 using revenue from the soft drinks industry levy.

In the new Sport Strategy, the Government has committed to support children and young people to develop the confidence and skills to take part and to be positive about sport and activity. As part of this work, we will be exploring how to further increase physical literacy standards in primary schools and considering how we can track levels of physical activity to help support children to have healthy and active lives.


House of Lords

Children: Exercise – DfE – Baroness Masham of Ilton

Asked by Baroness Masham of Ilton Asked by Baroness Masham of Ilton Asked on: 11 October 2016 Department for Education Children: Exercise Lords HL2207 To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to encourage children to take up physical activity, in particular activity additional to school sport.

Asked by Baroness Masham of Ilton Asked by Baroness Masham of Ilton Asked on: 11 October 2016 Department for Education Physical Education Lords HL2210 To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of fitness testing of children in school.

Lord Nash Answered on: 04 November 2016

We want all pupils to be healthy and more physically active, with the Government’s recent Childhood Obesity Plan setting out an ambition that young people should be active for at least 60 minutes every day, as recommended by the Chief Medical Officer.

Since 2013, the Government has provided over £450million of ring-fenced funding to primary schools to make additional and sustainable improvements to PE and Sport. We know this funding is making a difference, with 87% of primary schools reporting that the quality of PE teaching has increased since the introduction of the premium. The majority of schools have also introduced new sports in both curricular PE (74%) and extra-curricular sport (77%) since the premium was introduced. But we know there is more to do, which is why revenue from the soft drinks industry levy will be used to double the primary PE and sport premium to £320million a year from September 2017.

Through the Sport Strategy, we have also extended the remit of Sport England, to cover children aged 5 and above, outside of school. Sport England’s new strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation’ sets out a new £40million investment into projects that offer opportunities for families with children to get active and play sport together outside of school.

In relation to fitness testing, it is up to schools to determine how best they deliver a diverse and challenging PE curriculum. We are considering how we can track levels of physical activity in schools to help support children to have healthy and active lives and will be providing schools with further guidance and best practice examples to help deliver this.

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