Weekly diabetes parliamentary round-up

A busy week in Parliament with:

House of Commons Questions

Cardiovascular Disease – DH – Mr Graham Allen

Tue, 22 November 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

  1. Asked by Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the achievements of the (a) Cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes strategy and (b) CVD expert forum since their establishment.
  2. Asked by Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11 October 2016 to Question 46460, who the members of the Cardiovascular Disease expert forum are; and how regularly that forum meets.
  3. Asked by Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2016 to Question 42224, what the remit of the Cardiovascular Disease collaborative group is; and how regularly that group meets.

Answered by: David Mowat Answered on: 22 November 2016

No assessment has been made of the achievements of the Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Outcomes Strategy or the CVD collaborative group.

The CVD collaborative group is still in the early days of establishment. Its principle purpose is to bring together relevant stakeholders in the field of CVD and to provide a forum where relevant work being undertaken in this area and potential new initiatives can be discussed and responsibilities for action determined. The group’s overarching objective is to improve health outcomes for people with or at risk of CVD, including stroke.

Membership of the group comprises of representatives from NHS England including the relevant National Clinical Directors; Public Health England; Diabetes UK; British Heart Foundation; Heart-UK; British Kidney Health Association; Stroke Association and the Local Government Association.

The group aims to meet three times per year.

Diabetes: Diagnosis – DH – Jonathan Ashworth

Mon, 21 November 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Jonathan Ashworth (Leicester South) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with type two diabetes in each of the last five years.

Answered by: Nicola Blackwood Answered on: 21 November 2016

The table below gives the number of people newly diagnosed with diabetes from 2010-11 to 2014-15, the last year for which figures are available, as recorded by the National Diabetes Audit (NDA).

Audit year
2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
People newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 217,692 225,406 187,404 159,306 153,200

It should be noted that general practice participation levels in the NDA are variable so these cannot be taken as definitive figures. It is important that diabetes statistics are accurate and up to date and both the Department and NHS England are seeking to improve rates of general practitioner (GP) participation in the audit by taking actions such as making it easier for GPs to participate.

The table below shows the coverage of the NDA in each of the audit years based on the number of participating general practices.

2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
National Diabetes Audit Coverage 80.90% 87.90% 70.70% 57.10% 57.30%

Exercise: Disadvantaged – DH – Julie Elliott

Wed, 23 November 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Julie Elliott (Sunderland Central) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to tackle physical inactivity in areas with high levels of economic deprivation.

Answered by: Nicola Blackwood Answered on: 23 November 2016

Tackling physical inactivity is a major priority for this Government. The Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action published on 18 August, sets out the actions we are taking to support children and young people to meet the United Kingdom Chief Medical Officers’ daily recommended levels of at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity. Actions include doubling the Primary PE and Sport Premium from September 2017, provision of an interactive online tool to help schools identify gaps in existing provision and recommend ways of increasing opportunities for children to be active, and access to high quality sports and physical activity programmes for all primary schools in England. This year, the Department has been also investing a further £1 million in the Change4Life Sports Clubs programme which targets the least active children.

These measures are additional to the measures announced in the last year by Government and Sport England in our respective strategies to encourage more participation in sport and wider physical activity.

Both strategies highlight the importance of focusing on groups that are less likely to take part in sport and physical activity including those from lower socio-economic groups. Sport England will invest over £250 million in the next four years to tackle inactivity. This funding will include measures to specifically engage under-represented groups.

Television: Advertising – DCMS – Jeff Smith

Fri, 18 November 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer

Asked by Jeff Smith (Manchester, Withington) To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effect of restricting High in Fat, Salt or Sugar (HFSS) food advertising during all programmes before the 9pm watershed relative to existing restrictions on such advertising on (a) children’s exposure to HFSS food and (b) children’s obesity rates.

Answered by: Matt Hancock Answered on: 18 November 2016

The Government recognises the importance of tackling childhood obesity, which is caused by a number of complex factors. The Childhood Obesity Plan for Action, published in August, considered a number of different policy responses to address this problem. Additional advertising restrictions were considered as part of this process, but current restrictions in the UK are amongst the toughest in the world and the plan focuses on those areas which experts tell us are most effective.



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