Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin calls on Health Secretary to improve diabetes care

Dudley MP Ian Austin is campaigning for better standards in diabetes care.

Austin has written to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt after constituents contacted him about the treatment patients receive.

They told him that many face long waits to see consultants and that care falls short of the minimum guidelines set out by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.

Figures published last year show that just 54 per cent of patients with diabetes had received all of the basic health checks they’re supposed to.

Austin has tabled a number of Parliamentary Questions to find out what’s being done to improve care for people with diabetes.

Ian Austin MP says:

“It’s really important that diabetes is diagnosed and treated early to prevent complications that can develop later on.

“Constituents have been in touch with me to raise concerns about access to consultants and early checkups, so I’m trying to make their concerns heard.

“That’s why I have called on the Health Secretary to answer some basic questions about the quality of diabetes care.”

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