The Scottish government has launched a three-year action plan to improve the health and wellbeing of people with diabetes, and to provide the chance for the diabetes community to join forces to share best practice, support and deliver high-quality care. There are nearly a quarter of a million people in Scotland suffering from the condition.
The aim of The Scottish Diabetes Action Plan 2010 is to promote self-management of diabetes through education, improved access to psychological support and the use of IT, to minimise the impact of the potentially serious complications associated with diabetes, to increase the availability of intensive insulin treatment for people with type 1 diabetes, and to stress the importance of the screening and prevention of diabetes .
Shona Robiso, the Minister for Public Health, commented “The Action Plan reflects the principles of our Quality Strategy, providing the diabetes community with the tools to realise our aim of world class, person-centred, effective and efficient services for people with diabetes in Scotland.”
Jane-Claire Judso, director of Diabetes UK Scotland, added “A clear roadmap setting out priorities for providing high quality care and support, reducing the rate of increase and diagnosing people earlier to help avoid complications is crucial for both patients and NHS staff delivering and developing services. Diabetes UK Scotland is delighted to see the Action Plan set out strategies for care, prevention and detection that the NHS in partnership with patients will work to deliver in the coming years.”

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