According to a recent report published by the Department of Health, Diabetes Care in the NHS is steadily improving, with increased focus on prevention. The report, which has been criticised by diabetes experts in some sectors, was entitled Five years on: delivering the diabetes national service framework.
The report reflected on progress made in diabetes care, and acknowledged that more work needed to be done to improve outcomes for young people with diabetes . The DoH also pledged to continue working with the National Screening Committee.
The report indicates that some 600,000 people have been diagnosed with diabetes in the last five year period, at the rate of approximately 2,000 per week. Health Minister Ann Keen was reported as commenting:
“Today’s report shows that the NHS is getting better and better at identifying people with diabetes and at supporting them to manage their condition. The Next Stage Review made prevention a priority for the NHS and this is especially relevant to diabetes, as a disease whose global increase in prevalence is partly a consequence of rising obesity . Our vascular risk assessment programmen, Putting Prevention First is expected to prevent thousands of people developing diabetes each year and our strategy to tackle the rise in obesity will help many more reduce their risk of the disease .”

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