HC Deb 15 October 2001 vol 372 c1046W
Ms Oona King

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish the diabetes National Service Framework. [8067]

Jacqui Smith

We will be publishing a standards document this autumn, which will set out national standards to improve the quality of care for people with diabetes. The standards document will include the aims of the National Service Framework, the underpinning evidence and proposed service models. It will indicate the broad direction of travel over what will be a ten year programme, starting in April 2003.

We will publish the delivery strategy (including milestones) for the Diabetes NSF next summer.

We shall also be setting up an Implementation Group this autumn, which will work with the national health service and other interested parties to develop a delivery strategy for the Diabetes NSF that takes account of the changing roles and responsibilities of NHS organisations emerging from "Shifting the Balance of Power". The agreed delivery strategy, including milestones, service models, performance indicators and underpinning programmes, will be published next summer.

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