Keith recently hosted a seminar in Parliament looking at the future of care provision in the new landscape of healthcare.
The seminar, attended by over 200 GPs, health professionals and local government officers, examined what the changes in April, the biggest reorganisation of the NHS for decades, will mean for patient care with a particular focus on the specific challenges posed by diabetes.
The Public Health Minister Anna Soubry MP gave a keynote speech about the future of diabetes care in the new landscape of health.
The Minister stressed the importance of the role of pharmacies as part of the network to diagnose the estimated 850,000 people in the UK who have diabetes but are not yet aware. She outlined the Government’s strategy for tackling the childhood obesity epidemic saying that the ‘nation had to wake up’ to childhood obesity and that parents are responsible for their child’s health.
Other speakers included Rosamond Roughton, Director of Commissioning Systems and Strategy at the NHS Commissioning Board, Dr Chris Clayton, CCG Clinical Chief Officer, NHS Blackburn with Darwen, Councillor Patricia Callaghan, Deputy Leader and Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board at the London Borough of Camden, Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP and author of ‘Diabetes for Dummies’ and Professor Naveed Sattar, Professor of Metabolic Medicine at the University of Glasgow.