Diabetes: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 23 June 2022.

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Photo of Colleen Fletcher Colleen Fletcher Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on (a) access to and (b) take-up of routine health checks for patients with diabetes in (i) Coventry, (ii) the West Midlands and (iii) England; and what steps his Department is taking to improve access to care for people living with diabetes in those areas.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Data for NHS Coventry and Warwickshire Integrated Care System (ICS) shows that 20% of those with type 1 diabetes and 23% of people with type 2 or other diabetes received all eight care processes in 2020/21. This is a reduction of 45% and 51% respectively from 2019/20 due to the impact of the pandemic. Coventry and Warwickshire ICS has been identified as in need of additional funding from the national diabetes programme team to increase provision of annual diabetes checks.

In the Midlands region, 23% of people with type 1 diabetes and 32% with type 2 or other diabetes received all eight care processes in 2020/21. This is a reduction of 43% and 45% respectively compared to 2019/20. The National Health Service in the Midlands is working with all systems in the region to review data from the National Diabetes Audit and share best practice on models of care to ensure the recovery of routine diabetes checks.

In England in 2021, 26% of those with type 1 diabetes and 39% with type 2 or other diabetes received the eight care processes. While this is a 31% and 32% increase respectively compared to 2020, it is a respective reduction of 18% and 22% compared to 2019. The ‘2022/23 priorities and operational planning guidance’ asks that diabetes care processes are restored to pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2022/23. We have allocated £36 million to ICSs in 2022/23, weighted by deprivation, to support the restoration of routine diabetes care. Each ICS will set out planned recovery activity in a one-year operational plan.

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