Diabetes: Urgent call to action

11 03 2013

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Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham is calling on urgent action from the Northern Health and Social Care Trust to tackle the increasing number of people diagnosed with the chronic condition Diabetes. The Moyle councillor recently published figures showing Moyle and Coleraine council areas to have the highest percentage increase in the diagnosis of the chronic condition.

Councillor Cunningham continued “I am concerned about recent reports relating to the resignation of the best known specialist Diabetes Consultant of recent time in the Northern Trust, Michael Ryan, (without replacement) citing as one of his reasons the decision of the Local Commissioning Group to not continue supporting the MOTIVATE programme which included weight management clinics as additional supports for helping people with Diabetes, both Type 1 and Type 2 to keep their weight down and prevent additional complications of their condition.”

“The Northern Trust now has the highest Diabetes population in the North and has only put (for the first time in 4 years) Diabetes Education back into this years commissioning plans for patients.”

“I am aware that The Primary Care Partnership has written to the Chief Executive at the Trust questioning funding for the delivery of Structured Diabetes Education which it is claimed did not take place. We need to see a stronger commitment to this issue from the Trust”

“If diabetes continues to grow as predicted, the burden on our health service will become unsustainable. We need to intensify actions which promote prevention, early identification and effective early treatment of diabetes”

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