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Diabetes UK meets Health Minister

Diabetes UK last week met with Ann Keen MP, the Health Minister who has responsibility for diabetes services.

The purpose of the meeting, our first with Mrs Keen (pictured left) since she became Minister, was to discuss progress towards reaching the targets set out in the National Service Framework for Diabetes and the quality of diabetes services in general.

During the meeting, Diabetes UK raised concerns over some PCTs not reaching their retinal screening targets and put forward comments from some of our members about not receiving timely treatment for retinopathy.

We again called for the National Screening Committee to publish its guidelines for PCTs on screening for Type 2 diabetes. This would enable PCTs to put in place processes to identify people with Type 2 diabetes early, and reduce the risk of them developing complications.

Other topics discussed included the need to improve access to structured patient education for people with diabetes, access to psychological support and the Year of Care project on which Diabetes UK is collaborating with the National Diabetes Support Team.

“The meeting was a fantastic opportunity for Diabetes UK to feed back to the Minister about how diabetes services are working on the ground,” said Phaedra Neal, Public Affairs Officer at Diabetes UK

“Ann Keen MP thanked Diabetes UK for all the work it does and said what an ‘excellent organisation’ it is. We very much look forward to working more closely with Mrs Keen in 2008 to improve the quality of care people with diabetes receive.”

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