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Diabetes Services (Croydon)

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 8 April 2010

The Petition of the people of Croydon,

Declares that in Croydon there is good work being done to combat diabetes and that Croydon now needs more screening tests for diabetes; more albumin creative ratio checks and HbA1C tests for those already living with diabetes; and Government support for Croydon’s services that combat the diabetic arterial diseases that can lead to amputations; and that with the right support amputations could be cut by 30 per cent. through better total care and public health education to allow for earlier intervention to stop amputations.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to support Croydon’s services that combat the diabetic arterial diseases and to encourage health providers to make available more screening tests for diabetes and more albumin creative ratio checks and HbA1C tests fur those already living with diabetes.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Mr. Andrew Pelling, Official Report, 30 March 2010; Vol. 508, c. 790.]


Observations from the Secretary of State for Health:

The Diabetes National Service Framework highlights the importance of people with diabetes having regular checks. The annual review enables the person with diabetes and their healthcare professional to discuss the results of key tests and measurements, and for any complications to be identified as early as possible.

The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) rewards practices for the number of patients with diabetes who receive key care processes, including measuring blood pressure, HbAlc (blood glucose) and cholesterol.

Although the Department of Health provides strategic leadership to the NHS and social care organisations in England, it is for local NHS organisations to plan, develop and improve services for local people.

Croydon PCT considers the improvement of the overall performance on the HbAlc target to be a key priority. The PCT is also working to improve access to and consistency of specialist diabetes care during admission to hospital for other reasons.