We welcome the Committee's report and will follow up on the commitment that the Health Minister, Mark Drakeford has made to use the report's recommendations to inform our forthcoming Diabetes Delivery Plan. Diabetes is estimated to effect 5% of the Welsh population. We are well aware of the close links between lifestyle, obesity and diabetes and we are committed to making real progress.
The Health Minister will now consider the reports recommendations in detail before responding formally to the Chair of the Committee.
The Health and Social Care Committee has recommended that the Welsh Government take a 'firmer hand' in monitoring the provision of diabetes services among local health boards, in order to tackle rising levels of diabetes cases in Wales.
It has called for an emphasis on sharing best practice, when the Welsh Government announces its forthcoming Diabetes Delivery Plan.
The Committee has also recommended a 'more co-ordinated approach' across all healthcare providers, including GP and community pharmacies, to assist in monitoring each patient's condition and medication.