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Diabetes: Children

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department has taken to ensure that primary care trusts provide appropriate support for children diagnosed with diabetes; and if he will make a statement; (235892)

(2) how much his Department has allocated for expenditure on support for children diagnosed with diabetes in 2008-09; and if he will make a statement.

In April 2007, the Department published “Making Every Young Person with Diabetes Matter”, the report of the Children and Young People with Diabetes working group, which looked at ways to improve diabetes services for children and young people. This report includes guidance to commissioners on the planning, design and provision of diabetes services for children and young people. A copy of this document has already been placed in the Library.

The group's recommendations are now being taken forward by an implementation group led by the National Clinical Director for Children. The group's membership includes Diabetes UK, parents of children with diabetes, clinicians and other key partners with an interest in children and diabetes.

Funding to support children with diabetes is included in baseline allocations to primary care trusts. It is for primary care trusts to determine the appropriate level of expenditure and commission services that meet the needs of their local population.