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Diabetes: Peterborough

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on implementing the NHS Diabetes National Service Framework in Peterborough constituency; and if he will make a statement. (202435)

Responsibility for implementing the Diabetes National Service Framework rests with the national health service, and it is for primary care trusts (PCTs) to commission services that meet the needs of their local population.

Screening for diabetic retinopathy was a target in the Diabetes National Service Framework and has been included in the operating framework for the NHS in England 2008-09. Where (PCTs) are failing to deliver the standard set for diabetic retinopathy, they are obliged to agree recovery plans with their strategic health authorities to ensure improvement. From February 2008, Peterborough PCT began offering screening to all people with diabetes to national standards.