HC Deb 09 March 2004 vol 418 c1452W
Mr. Burstow

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to(a) scope, (b) commission and (c) disseminate research into the early detection of diabetes. [158029]

Ms Rosie Winterton

The National Screening Committee will, advise the Department by 2005 on the most effective policy for screening for Type 2 diabetes. It is generally accepted that screening of the whole population for Type 2 diabetes would not be cost-effective given the low prevalence of undiagnosed disease. However there is emerging evidence to suggest that it may be clinically and cost effective to offer screening to specific sub-groups of the population who are at high risk for diabetes. The Department and the National Screening Committee have commissioned research to define high-risk individuals and to evaluate pilot screening projects in primary care. The results of this research will be available to inform the advice of the National Screening Committee.