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[IPk] National Service Framework Delayed

I just picked this up off the BBC.

The issue of the detail of hoe the Diabetes NSF will be implemeted has been
delayed for a year.


Campaigners have reacted angrily to a government decision to delay proposals
for improvements to NHS diabetes services. They say that it is unacceptable
that the needs of people with diabetes are being put on hold. 

Health Minister Jacqui Smith revealed in an answer to a parliamentary
question on Tuesday that publication of a National Service Framework for
Diabetes is to be delayed for a year. 

The framework will set out the standards of healthcare that people with
diabetes should expect and how they will be implemented. 

While the standards will be published later this year, the document stating
how these standards will be made a reality will be delayed. 

This means that the framework, due to be implemented from April 2002, will
now be put off for a year. 

At risk 

A report published by the Audit Commission last year warned that some people
with diabetes were at risk because of sub-standard NHS care. 

The report highlighted the fact that diabetes care was very patchy across
the UK, and that some patients did not get sufficient access to expert help
and advice. 

Paul Streets, Diabetes UK Chief Executive said: "We are extremely
disappointed by this delay. 

"It means that we will have to wait another year for standards of diabetes
care to be systematically improved. 

"This delay is a major blow. People with diabetes and healthcare
professionals have been waiting patiently for the much vaunted framework for

Mr Streets said the charity would raise the matter with Ms Smith at a
meeting next week. 

In the meantime Diabetes UK wants to see: 

A confirmed date for when the final framework will be published
Open consultation with patients and health care professionals about how to
make the standards work in practice
Building blocks put in place to ensure that when the final framework is
published, it can be implemented straight away.

Adrian Sanders MP (Lib Dem, Torbay), chairman of the All Party Parliamentary
Group on Diabetes, condemned the delay. 

He said: "Today's announcement will be a severe disappointment to the 1.4
million people with diabetes, their families and health care professionals. 

"People have been working towards the implementation of new standards in
2002. This has been put off for at least a year if not longer. It is an
unnecessary wait. 

"The government must clarify why the framework has been delayed and when it
will be published." 

A Department of Health spokesperson said that good progress had been made
towards developing new national standards since final advice had been
received earlier this year from a panel of experts. 

Diabetes affects 1.4m people in the UK. Diabetes UK estimates that a further
1m people have the condition and don't know it. 

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the UK and significantly
increases the risk of heart disease, kidney disease and stroke. It is also a
leading cause of amputation. 
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