Secretary of State for Local Government, Ruth Kelly, today launched proposals aimed at giving local authorities more control over services in the community.
The White Paper, 'Strong and Properous Communities', recognises that there isn't a single approach which suits all areas. It proposes to give local government Overview and Scrutiny Committees more power to hold local health services to account.
"Diabetes UK welcomes the Local Government White Paper, ‘Strong and Prosperous Communities'," said Penny Mordaunt, Director of Campaigning at Diabetes UK.
"Strengthening local accountability in terms of healthcare is of vital importance to delivering better services for people with diabetes.
"We have long recognised that better systems of scrutiny and accountability need to be put in place. Overview and Scrutiny Committees play a vital role in this and we welcome the new powers to review actions of Primary Care Trusts.
"Patients need to be at the heart of decision making if services are to truly reflect the needs of local communities. We will be looking closely at whether these new proposals will do this effectively."