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.
Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges we face today in the UK - in Cardiff alone, it is estimated that 20,435 people have the condition; higher than the national average of 5.5%.1,3 People of South Asian descent are six times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared with the overall UK population and I am delighted to be working with Silver Star to provide practical support and information to those people with type 2 diabetes who may be planning to fast this summer
The theme of Diabetes Awareness Week 2013 is ‘Diabetes Research: Be part of the story’, celebrating the series of breakthroughs in diabetes research.
It’s fantastic that so many people are helping to raise money and awareness during Diabetes Week. But we are working to improve the lives of all people in Wales living with diabetes every single day. To help us to do this we want people in Wales who are affected by diabetes to tell us about the standards of care and treatment they or their loved ones receive.