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Support our National Diabetes Prevention Programme

Last updated: 07:00pm 4 May 2019

…and support our National Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.69

Our verdict

3.4 million people live with Type 2 diabetes in England, and 200,000 are expected to be diagnosed every year. As a leading contributor to stroke, heart attack and other fatal diseases, Type 2 diabetes is increasing the risk of death for many people, and treatment accounts for almost 9% of the NHS’s budget (£8.8 billion annually).

Type 2 diabetes is preventable and treatable through lifestyle changes, which is why, in 2016, there was a phased national roll-out of the Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP) which enabled 20,000 people to access behavioural intervention programmes. The capacity of this programme is expected to reach 100,000 referrals in 2020. The programme runs for a minimum of 9 months and aims to increase physical activity levels, nutritional knowledge and to help patients attain a healthy weight.

Under this government, “a digital pilot of the NHS DPP was launched in November 2017 and referrals to digital services commenced in December 2017″.

In April 2018, the DPP completed its national roll-out to all clinical commissioning groups and local authorities, with over 78,000 people having taken up the programme up to that date.

In June 2018, it was announced that NHS England had approved a further £80 million investment in the programme over the next three years, more than has been put into the programme to date.

The completion of the national roll-out, piloting of a digital version, and continued funding of the Diabetes Prevention Programme are all evidence of continued support, so this policy can be marked as ‘done’.

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