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Diabetes: Health Services

Question for Department of Health

UIN 6724, tabled on 13 July 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to support people diagnosed with diabetes to manage their own care.

Answered on

21 July 2015

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence quality standard for diabetes sets out that people with diabetes should receive a structured educational programme as this is key to ensuring that they are able to manage their condition as successfully as possible.

The proportion of people with diabetes being offered structured education is rising. 16% of people newly diagnosed with diabetes were offered structured education in 2012/13 compared to just over 8% of those diagnosed in 2009. In the same period the number of people newly diagnosed with diabetes offered or attending structured education rose from 11% to over 18%.

Improving the outcomes of people with and at risk of diabetes is of great concern to this Government and we will put forward our plans in due course.