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Diabetes: Screening

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 9 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the target for the NHS to offer screening to all people with diabetes has been met. (240356)

The target to offer screening for retinopathy to all people with diabetes was not met in all places. Latest figures for September 2008 show that 93.1 per cent. of people with diabetes were offered screening for diabetic retinopathy that met stringent national clinical standards of quality and safety in the previous twelve months. Great progress has been made and more people with diabetes are being offered screening for retinopathy than ever before.

We are providing support to the minority of primary care trusts that have not met the target to ensure that all people with diabetes are offered screening to national clinical standards as quickly as possible.