NHS England today announced their Long Term Plan for the health service. Read our reaction to this below:
Chris Askew is Chief Executive of Diabetes UK. He said:
“We are really pleased with NHS England’s commitment to maintaining the focus on diabetes care and Type 2 prevention. We hope this will build on the good work already done, and further reduce the variations in the quality of diabetes care across England in terms of access to education, treatment targets, inpatient care and footcare.
“The plan confirms recent NHS England announcements of a Type 2 diabetes remission pilot, the doubling of the Diabetes Prevention Programme, and the funding of Flash Glucose Monitoring technology.
“We also welcome the commitment to developing networks to improve the care for children with long term conditions, which builds on existing work for children with diabetes. While the overall standard of care has been improving, there is still great variation between services, and therefore huge scope for further improvement.
“We now need more detail about what steps NHS England will take to ensure there are the resources needed to match these bold ambitions. This is exciting news and presents a massive opportunity to improve the lives of people with diabetes and those at risk of Type 2 in the future. We look forward to continuing our work with NHS England and hope that, together, we can continue to improve the quality of care for people living with diabetes and prevent the further spread of Type 2 diabetes.”
Read the entire NHS England Long Term Plan released today.