Tackling diabetes remains a key priority for this Welsh Government. Around 7% of adults in Wales are being treated for diabetes and it is one of the most common chronic diseases in childhood. Incidence rates of type 2 of the disease are increasing as the prevalence of obesity has risen.
In 2003, the National Service Framework for Diabetes in Wales: Delivery Strategy was published. This aimed to reduce the increase of incidences of type 2 diabetes, and develop improved standards of care for people suffering from both type 1 and 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Delivery Plan confirms and updates those ambitions.
In the Diabetes Delivery Plan consultation the Welsh Government sets out:
- its expectations of the NHS
- themes for action by the NHS
- how success will be measured
It is designed to support and inform NHS efforts to prevent and treat diabetes and tackle its consequences across Wales. It also makes clear what the Welsh public can expect of NHS diabetes care by 2015 -16.
The Minister for Health and Social Services, Lesley Griffiths said:
“The clear aim of the Welsh Government is for the people of Wales to have every possible chance of minimising their risk of developing diabetes by encouraging healthy lifestyles.
“However, when needed, they must have access to diabetes services of the highest quality regardless of where they live, or how these services are delivered in the community, in primary care or in hospitals.”