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Diabetes

Health written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Adrian Sanders Adrian Sanders Opposition Deputy Chief Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) which primary care trusts have established policies on accepting clinical waste arising from the management of diabetes at GP surgeries; [R]

(2) what his Department's policy is on the disposal of clinical waste arising from the management of diabetes; and if he will make a statement. [R]

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

Information about which primary care trusts have established policies on accepting diabetic clinical waste at general practitioner surgeries is not held centrally.

The Department published "Health Technical Memorandum 07-01: Safe management of healthcare waste" (copies of which have been placed the Library) to give clarification and advice to community healthcare professionals involved in the care of self-medicating patients, such as people with diabetes. It includes:

"Self-medicating patients and sharps disposal

19. Where the householder is a self-medicating patient who uses injectables (for example a person with diabetes) with no healthcare worker involved in the administration, the GP or healthcare worker should prescribe the householder the appropriate container (for example a sharps box) and advise them of local disposal options."

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