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Diabetes strategy

Assembly members called for a properly resourced diabetes strategy, on 12 November 2012.

Figures released in October 2012 showed that the number of people in Northern Ireland living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes had increased by 33% to 75,837 during the last five years.

This was revealed from the number of adults with diabetes aged 17 and over who were registered with GPs.

Pat Ramsey, who proposed the motion on behalf of the all-party group, said he was an insulin-dependent diabetic.

Chairwoman of the health committee, Sue Ramsey of Sinn Fein, explained that the committee was currently focusing on health inequalities and would look at what more work needed to be done in this area.

She said there had to be a smooth transition of diabetic services offered to a child between primary and secondary school.

Ulster Unionist Roy Beggs also said that he wanted to ensure that a child's education was not limited by the administration of their medication.

He added that it cost Northern Ireland £1m a day to treat diabetes.

Stewart Dickson of the Alliance Party said the strategy "must be cross-departmental".

Responding to the debate, Health Minister Edwin Poots said the Health Service had "to tackle head on the prevalence of long-term conditions" such as diabetes.

He said he had asked Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride to look at a review into diabetes service provision in January 2012 and that he hoped the findings would be available at the in early 2013.

The motion was carried on an oral vote.

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