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Government releases Diabetes National Service Framework update

The Department of Health has released its 'Six Years On: Delivering the Diabetes National Service Framework' report, which updates on the progress made since the National Service Framework (NSF) for Diabetes was developed in 2001, setting out national standards of care for people with diabetes.

The Department of Health states that the report recognises key achievements made in the last year, including completion of the first survey to establish how many children and young people have diabetes in England, and also identifies areas where improvement is still needed to help direct diabetes services over the coming years.

More work needed

Commenting on the content of the report, Stella Valerkou, Senior Policy Officer at Diabetes UK said: "This report identifies some great achievements in working towards delivering the NSF standards.

"However, our recent survey of people with diabetes demonstrates that 64 per cent of adults and 74 per cent of children have not attended a course to help them manage their diabetes.

"People with diabetes have outlined some key improvements that they would like made to diabetes services, which include the interventions they require to support them to self manage.

"It remains clear that more work is needed if the delivery of high-quality diabetes care, meeting the vision and standards of the NSF, is to be established throughout England and we look forward to the progress of further work programmes in the coming year that will help to achieve this."

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