§ Lord Harrison
asked Her Majesty's Government:
How they intend to respond to Diabetes UK's recent report Too Many Too Late which highlights the problems of late diagnosis and poor standards of diabetes care; and [HL148]
Whether they will invest sufficiently in diabetes care to ensure that the goals of the forthcoming diabetes National Service Framework in England, and their equivalents in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, are fully achieved; and [HL149]
Whether they will ensure that there are adequate numbers of specialist staff and facilities to care for people with diabetes; and [HL150]
How they will ensure consistent high quality care for people with diabetes across the United Kingdom. [HL151]
§ The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath)
The Diabetes National Service Framework for England, which will be published later this year, will set national standards and define service models to improve the quality of care for people with diabetes. The aim of the framework is to improve health outcomes for people with diabetes by raising the quality of services and reducing variations between them. It will cover the prevention, identification and management of diabetes and its complications.
National service frameworks put in place strategies to support implementation and establish performance milestones against which progress within an agreed timescale will be measured.