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Government to launch “Ofsted-style” ratings to help improve diabetes care

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The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has outlined new to plans forOfsted-styleratings for local NHS services including diabetes, cancer, dementia and mental health.The new measures will mean that, for the first time ever, patients in England will be able to see how their local area’s heath service is performing in key areas. These new rating, broken down by Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), will not only be based on local data but be verified by experts in each field.The main aim of the ratings will be to drive improvements by publically naming local health services that could be better.Initial ratings, based on the current CCG assessments, will be published in June next year.Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said: “This is really good news and a significant step forward for people with diabetes. We know healthcare for people with diabetes is often not good enough and varies from one area to another. This postcode lottery in diabetes healthcare means many people are suffering devastating health complications that could have been prevented and in some cases are dying earlier as a result. Crucially, this increase in transparency in how diabetes services are being delivered locally will mean the Department of Health is much better able to hold poor performing areas to account and so this announcement is the first step towards the kind of improvements to healthcare that can make a real difference to the lives of people with diabetes. We look forward to working with the Department of Health on making this happen.”

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