More action needed to help 14,000 in Stockport with diabetes

November 16, 2009 1:14 PM
Mark and the Liberal Democrats have long pushed for greater support for our local NHS from central Government

Mark and the Liberal Democrats have long pushed for greater support for our local NHS from central Government

The Government must deliver measures that will improve education and psychological support for people with diabetes, local MP Mark Hunter has said. The demand, advocated by leading charity Diabetes UK, follows a new report released in the run up to World Diabetes Day which was last Saturday (14 November).

Mr Hunter attended a meeting in the House of Commons last Wednesday (11 November) where Diabetes UK launched "Supporting Self Management for people with diabetes", a report that looks at what people with diabetes need to ensure they are equipped to manage their diabetes.

The latest figures show that there are approximately 14,000 people in Stockport that suffer from either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Mark has written to Health Secretary Andy Burnham about the need for greater help for people with diabetes, and is tabling some new Parliamentary Questions to address this concern in the new Parliamentary session.

People with diabetes spend only a few hours a year with health professionals and so it is imperative that they have access to quality information, structured education, personalised care planning and access to healthcare professionals to reduce the risk of long term complications such as heart disease, stroke and blindness.

Commenting, Mark said:

"People with diabetes face an unbelievably difficult challenge day-in-day-out. It is clear that much more support is needed from the Government.

"There are 4229 people with diabetes in Cheadle and it is vital that they are all armed with the knowledge and confidence to manage their diabetes effectively.

"That is why I supported Diabetes UK this World Diabetes Day in its bid to ensure that all people with diabetes have all the information and education they need."

Douglas Smallwood, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said:

"People with diabetes make decisions about their diabetes management every day and want to maintain an independent, healthy and active life. If they need support to achieve this, it should be widely available.

"Self management does not mean that people are left to do everything on their own, but that health and social care professionals, peers and family members help to provide the support they need."

"This will not only ensure that people with diabetes face a healthier future but will also help cut the £1 million an hour that the NHS spends on diabetes complications."

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