Copeland MP calls on Government to draw up a diabetes action plan

19th June 2014

Jamie Reed, MP for Copeland, has called on the Government to publish an action plan outlining how it plans to tackle diabetes in Britain, following a debate in Parliament yesterday.  This is in line with the Melbourne Declaration on Diabetes.

3.2 million people in Britain live with diabetes, and 10 per cent of the total NHS budget is spent on treating diabetes. It is thought that 80 per cent of deaths caused by Type 2 diabetes are preventable, and more than 20,000 preventable deaths per year are caused by diabetes.

Copeland MP and Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, Jamie Reed said:

“The Government must bring forward an action plan to ensure that Britain can lead the way in improving care for those with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

“Being diagnosed with diabetes can be overwhelming without proper support. Britain needs a plan to ensure diabetes is a national health priority, and to improve the lives of all those living with the condition.
“We need a framework that will help all 3.2 million people in Britain with diabetes to manage their condition.  Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are very different conditions and any plan would need to appreciate this.  We need to see improvement in patient safety, better integration of services and education to empower patients to manage their condition.”

Click here to read Jamie’s contribution in the Westminster Hall debate on the Melbourne Declaration on Diabetes.
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