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Diabetes: Health Services

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research his Department (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects of diabetes networks, as defined in the National Service Framework for Diabetes, on patient outcomes for people with diabetes; (290763)

(2) what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the quality of diabetes services provided by primary care trusts which (i) have an effective diabetes network as defined in the National Service Framework for Diabetes and (ii) do not have such a network.

We recognise the important role that diabetes networks can play in developing integrated services, as well as providing a structure for service planning and delivery. We are working with NHS Diabetes and Diabetes UK to expand networks across England.

We have not commissioned any specific research or evaluations on either the effects of diabetes networks on patient outcomes for people with diabetes or the quality of diabetes services provided by primary care trusts which have an effective diabetes network, and those that do not have such a network, as defined in the National Service Framework for Diabetes.