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Health written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Rosie Cooper Rosie Cooper Labour, West Lancashire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the expiration of the National Service Framework for Diabetes on the quality of diabetes services;

(2) what plans his Department has to replace the National Service Framework for Diabetes when it expires in 2013;

(3) what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the National Service Framework for Diabetes;

(4) whether he plans to undertake an assessment of the effectiveness of the National Service Framework for Diabetes.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

The National Audit Office (NAO) recently published their report on “The Management of Adult Diabetes Services in the NHS”. This report stated that the Department had been successful, through the National Service Framework for Diabetes, in setting clear standards for good diabetes care and these had been reinforced by the Quality Standard set by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in 2011; but that further improvements were needed. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) held a hearing on the NAO report on 12 June 2012 and our intention is to wait for the PAC to publish its conclusions before finalising our plans in relation to diabetes. Three documents will be produced over the next several months that will offer the opportunity to publish these plans: the Diabetes action plan, the Long Term Conditions (LTCs) Outcomes Strategy (to include a diabetes companion document), and the Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Outcomes Strategy.

The Diabetes action plan will set out the actions the national health service will be taking to increase identification, improve prevention and treatment of diabetes, and will be published later this year.

The Long Term Conditions Outcomes Strategy is aimed at improving outcomes for all people with LTCs. The strategy will look at all of the aspects that impact on the lives of people with LTCs, and outline how the key players (Government Departments, local authorities, charities and individuals) can act in future in order to reduce LTC incidence, and improve outcomes for those with LTCs. We aim to publish the strategy towards the end of 2012; a companion document on diabetes will be published at the same time.

The Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Strategy will outline how the healthcare system can improve outcomes for people with—or at risk of—CVD. The strategy will consider the whole of the patient pathway from prevention through to long-term care. As diabetes is a major risk factor for CVD, it will be considered as part of the strategy's development.

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