Health written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee, Chair, Home Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been allocated by Health and Wellbeing Boards towards (a) primary and secondary care for type-2 diabetes and (b) prevention of type-2 diabetes.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department does not systematically collect information on the priorities of local areas, or their spending on diabetes prevention and treatment.

Health and wellbeing boards are for local authorities, the national health service, local Healthwatch, communities and wider partners, to share system leadership of both health and care services and population health.

While boards do not hold budgets or allocate funds, they are responsible for developing Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWS) (based on Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA)) that form the basis of NHS and local authorities' own commissioning plans across health, social care, public health and children's services.

JSNA and JHWS are locally-led processes through which local areas identify the current and future health and well-being needs of the local population, and may well include provision for diabetes prevention and treatment.

In January 2014, NHS England published 'Action for Diabetes', which sets out how plans should be prepared for the prevention of type 2 diabetes, earlier diagnosis of all diabetes and integrated care for those living with diabetes.

NHS England is also putting a real emphasis on screening for high risk or the presence of type 2 diabetes through NHS health checks. The NHS Health Check is a risk assessment and management programme, for those aged 40 to 74, aimed at raising awareness and preventing a range of illnesses, including diabetes.

Delivery of the NHS Health Check Programme has been mandated to local authorities from April 2013, and NHS England has an objective in its mandate from the Department to work with Public Health England to support local government in this work.

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