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Way forward for diabetes services

Diagnosis of diabetes is improving, according to a report about the delivery of diabetes services.

The Way Ahead: The local challenge, published in March, looked at the progress made in improving diabetes care four years after the National Service Framework (NSF) was launched.

The report looks at many examples of good practice across the NHS - for example, weight management programmes in Cleveland and screening vulnerable communities in Bradford.

"With GPs identifying more people with diabetes, patients are now getting the care, advice and support to enable them to manage their condition more effectively,” said Health Minister Rosie Winterton.

"But as more people are diagnosed with diabetes, the NHS must step up to the challenge of continuing to provide high quality services that are convenient for patients.”

Douglas Smallwood, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, added: "The NSF report pulls no punches in acknowledging that there are still many gaps in service provision and that much more needs to be done until we meet all the NSF standards.

"The challenge is for the NHS to grasp the opportunities provided by commissioning and other changes to deliver a truly patient focused service.”

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