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Diabetes care improving

Diabetes care in the NHS is improving and focusing more on prevention, according to a report published by the Department of Health.

Around 600,000 people have been diagnosed with diabetes in the last five years, equivalent to 2,000 a week, and are now receiving the treatment they need to manage their condition.

The vascular risk programme announced in April, Putting Prevention First, is expected to prevent around 4,000 patients from developing diabetes each year and the obesity strategy, Healthy Weight Healthy Lives, is helping people to make lifestyle changes that will reduce their risk of diabetes.

Increasing numbers of people with diabetes are also being routinely monitored by their GP for indicators of complications.

Health Minister Ann Keen said: "The Next Stage Review made prevention a priority for the NHS and this is especially relevant to diabetes, as a disease whose global increase in prevalence is partly a consequence of rising obesity.

"Our vascular risk assessment programme, Putting Prevention First, is expected to prevent thousands of people developing diabetes each year and our strategy to tackle the rise in obesity will help many more reduce their risk of the disease."

National Clinical Director for Diabetes, Dr Rowan Hillson MBE, said: "The NHS has responded impressively to the first five years of the National Service Framework. More and more people with diabetes are getting good routine care, and their outcomes are improving year on year.

"The next five years will continue to bring challenges for diabetes teams as they work to further improve diabetes services in both primary and secondary care."

Department of Health

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