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Diabetes: Health Services

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 14 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the potential role of community pharmacies in helping to reduce health inequalities for people (a) at risk of and (b) diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. (290004)

The White Paper, “Pharmacy in England: Building on strengths - delivering the future”, published in April 2008, is closely aligned with the Government's strategy for primary and community care, developed as part of the NHS Next Stage Review, and set out in our vision for primary and community care. It sets out the contribution that community pharmacy can make to reducing health inequalities by identifying and managing chronic disease, such as diabetes, especially in the most deprived areas as community pharmacy services are well placed to reach groups and individuals who do not routinely use primary care or general practice. Copies of both publications have already been placed in the Library.