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Diabetes UK responds to new NHS plans

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Diabetes UK has responded to new proposals launched today to change the way the NHS works in England.

The proposals, which have been launched by NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens in hisFive Year Forward View, sets out actions that the NHS needs to take to tackle the root causes of preventable conditions, such as obesity and alcoholism, and to meet the demands of the increasing numbers of people living with long term health conditions. It also outlines plans to tackle the funding gap in NHS finances.The Forward View also contains plans for England to be the first country to implement a national evidence based Type 2 diabetes prevention programme linked to the NHS Health Check.

Barbara Young, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said: “We welcome Simon Stevens’ acknowledgement as set out in the Five Year Forward View that the NHS needs to radically change the way that it delivers routine care to meet the huge demands on services from the increasing numbers of patients with long term health conditions, including diabetes. As the Forward View makes clear hospitals, GPs and community services must pool their support and break down the barriers that currently exist between them.

"This will help to ensure that the 3.8 million people living with diabetes, who often have another health condition as well, get swift access to the right part of the health service when they need it. This will help reduce their risk of complications such as blindness, amputation and stroke which are not only personally devastating but also account for 80 per cent of the £10 billion annual NHS spend on diabetes.

“As the report highlights, crucial to this is good patient centred care where clinicians and people with diabetes work together to agree goals and identify needs. People with diabetes must be placed at the heart of the care that they receive. This enables them to know what to expect and to have a much bigger say about the way their care is delivered.“We also welcome the commitment in the Forward View for England to be the first country to implement at scale a national evidence based Type 2 diabetes prevention programme modelled on proven UK and international models, and linked to the NHS Health Check.  Around 80 per cent of cases of Type 2 diabetes could be prevented or delayed through better lifestyle choices so it essential that we have policies and support in place to make it easier for people to eat more healthily, maintain a healthy weight and become more active to reduce their risk of diabetes and as a result, stroke, heart disease and some cancers.

“With the numbers of people with diabetes growing at an alarming rate we want to see the recommendations set out in the Five Year Forward View implemented as a matter of urgency.”

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