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Health Bill risks fragmented care for people with diabetes

Diabetes UK urged the Government to make vital changes to the new Health and Social Care Bill today, warning that the continuity of high-quality care for people with diabetes could suffer as a consequence of fragmented commissioning of services.

The charity submitted its written briefing to the Bill Committee today, expressing concerns that new arrangements could have a detrimental effect on the three million people with diabetes across England and mean they no longer have one healthcare body to turn to and hold accountable for providing integrated care.

Continuity of care risks being damaged

In a letter published in the Guardian today, Barbara Young, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said, "Under the new proposed arrangements, different aspects of diabetes care could be commissioned by different bodies and services could fail to be joined up round the patient… The continuity of care which is vital to people with diabetes risks being damaged by fragmented commissioning arrangements."

Calling for change

The charity is calling on the Government to strengthen duties in the Bill to ensure all the commissioning bodies are required to collaborate to provide integrated care. It is also calling for strengthened duties to ensure people with diabetes and professionals with expertise in the condition are involved in the commissioning of integrated diabetes care.

The charity will now be meeting with members of the Bill Committee to lobby on its concerns and encourage the relevant amendments to be made to the Bill for the benefit of people with diabetes.

Read the fullletter printed in the Guardiantoday.

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