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Jeremy Hunt helps launch Diabetes UK report in parliament

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The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, attended a special event in the House of Commons to launch Diabetes UK’s State of the Nation report.The report shows there has been very little overall improvement in diabetes healthcare in the past year, with 40 per cent of people with diabetes still not getting the National Institute for Care and Health Excellence (NICE) recommended annual checks that they need to manage their condition.Diabetes UK is calling for clinical commissioning groups to implement diabetes improvement plans and ensure all people with diabetes have access to the support they need to manage their condition effectively.The Health Secretary was joined by over one hundred guests at the Houses of Commons event, including MPs, peers, healthcare professionals and diabetes campaigners.Speaking at the event Jeremy Hunt said: “As this report says, there is still a very long way to go and the care that we give people with diabetes and the effort that we put into preventing it needs to improve, and it is incredibly important that it does. Still, four people in 10 don’t get all those NICE checks and we still have about 100 amputations every week. The vast majority of which are preventable and many people who have an amputation do end up dying within five years and so it is very, very important that we avoid those if we possibly can.”“I’m optimistic that we are going to change this. I think the message that we are wasting money because we spend 80 per cent of our diabetes care on treatment rather than prevention, when it really should be the other way round, has filtered into the DNA of the NHS and the Five Year Forward View, which is the NHS’s own plan to take us to 2020.”The Health Secretary also discussed the Government’s plans to ensure everyone with a long term condition, including diabetes, has a named GP. He said: “Everyone who has a long term condition should have a doctor who is responsible for them, whether or not they’re in hospital, and making sure they have the right care so we can prevent them from having to go to hospital, and make sure there is a proper care package in place for the care that they need.”At the event, diabetes campaigners also got the chance to meet with their MPs to discuss their own personal experiences of living with diabetes and directly make the case that the poor state of diabetes care needs to improve.

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