We do not accept the conclusion that services are 'depressingly poor' as there has been progress - an extra 750,000 people got all nine diabetes checks over the last four years.
By putting GPs and other doctors and nurses at the centre of making local NHS decisions, we will create more integrated care for all patients with long term health problems.
Through Public Health England, local authorities will also be given a ring-fenced budget to tackle problems such as obesity which can then prevent diabetes.
We will ask the NHS Commissioning Board, in the forthcoming mandate, to make real improvements to how people with long-term conditions are supported and empowered to make decisions about their care.
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