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Volume 402: debated on Friday 4 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the terms of reference are of the new diabetes tsar. [106629]

The terms of reference for the national clinical director for diabetes are set out in the 'National Service Framework for Diabetes: Delivery Strategy' which was published in January 2003.The national clinical director for diabetes, Dr Sue Roberts, will oversee the implementation of the national service framework for diabetes by:

Supporting National Health Service clinicians and managers in reaching the standards and delivering the targets
Ensuring clinical commitment through professional leadership at national level
Advising Ministers and officials in the Department on priorities and progress
Working with the NHS Modernisation Agency, the National Institute for Clinical
Excellence, the Commission for Health Improvement and the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection when it is established in 2004, and other bodies to support delivery

A copy of the 'National Service Framework for Diabetes: Delivery Strategy' is available in the Library.