Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, is backing a new campaign to help people newly diagnosed with diabetes to obtain more information about their condition through self-management courses. He met with Diabetes UK in Parliament last week (Wednesday 4 November) to discuss their new “Taking Control” initiative, which has highlighted the low number of people getting support to manage their own condition. For individuals newly diagnosed with diabetes, less than 1 per cent of people with Type 1 and just 3.8 per cent with Type 2 attend a diabetes education course as recommended by NICE.
Mr Evennett has made representations to the Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group to obtain further information about local education programmes and support.
Mr Evennett said “Diabetes is a growing problem across our country. I was concerned to learn that nationally, very few people attend courses after they have been diagnosed to learn more about their condition and how they can manage it effectively. It is therefore vital that we do more to improve the education for people living with diabetes to help reduce the risk, severity and costs of complications like heart disease, stroke and amputations. I will continue to raise this issue with colleagues, NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups”.
He also attended an event with the charity Silver Star on the same day, where he was given a diabetes blood sugar check to help raise awareness of the need for more testing.