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NHS Commissioning Board called upon to improve diabetes care standards

Diabetes UK has worked together with partner organisations and clinicians as part of our campaign for the NHS to prioritise and solve the diabetes crisis.

We wrote to the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) in England calling on it to ensure that the clinical and patient engagement is in place to drive up care standards. We pressed the need for the NHS CB to have a diabetes specific leadership and quality improvement focus and to retain the work programmes of the now disbanded NHS Diabetes.Read our letter to the NHS Commissioning Board(PDF, 3MB).

Lack of detail

The response received from Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director, committed to improving outcomes for people with diabetes, but we remain very concerned about the lack of detail about how this will be achieved and the lack of commitment to continuing NHS Diabetes work priorities or diabetes specific resources.Read the full response from Professor Sir Bruce Keogh(PDF, 617KB).

We thank everyone involved in co-producing and signing the letter and will continue to work closely with our diabetes partners to press the need for Government and the new NHS to tackle the diabetes challenge and improve care outcomes for adults, children, young people and families living with Type1 and Type 2 diabetes.

National Clinical Director appointed

We welcome the new National Clinical Director for diabetes, Dr Jonathan Valabhji, to his new role and look forward to working with him to ensure improvement in care standards and outcomes is delivered.

Bridget Turner, Diabetes UK Director of Policy and Care Improvement, said, "We are pleased the Department of Health has appointed Dr Jonathan Valabhji as the new National Clinical Director for Obesity and Diabetes for England.

"Dr Valabhji’s experience and background as a clinician specialising in diabetes will provide a real understanding of the many challenges and problems diabetes presents, and the good practice needed to make a real difference to the lives of people with diabetes. We look forward to working with Dr Jonathan Valabhji and the NHS Commissioning Board to help ensure people with diabetes get the quality healthcare they need”

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