Vaz Announces Centre of Excellence for Diabetes in Leicester

Posted on June 14th, 2011 in Press releases

A case has been made for City – wide support for a proposed new Centre of Excellence in Leicester to deal with diabetes by a local MP who has Type 2 diabetes.

Local MP Keith Vaz has this week tabled an Early Day Motion backing the proposals for a Centre of Excellence for Diabetes and hopes that the centre will help diagnose and treat thousands of Leicester patients.

It is thought that 66,000 people in Leicestershire will be unaware that they have diabetes by 2010, the Centre is aimed at prevention and care of the diabetes prone community of Leicester.

Keith Vaz MP said:

“Let Leicester lead the way in providing care to the sufferers of diabetes.”

Early Day Motion 1821

That this House notes that week commencing 9th June marked National Diabetes Week; acknowledges that there could be approximately half a million people in this country who are unaware they have diabetes including 66,000 people in Leicestershire; believes that it is important that the Government’s strategy is directed towards prevention of diabetes; welcomes the statements made by the Minister for Health, the hon. Member for Exeter, on the proposal to establish a Diabetes Centre of Excellence in Leicester on the site of Leicester General Hospital; commends Leicester City Primary Care Trust, its Chief Executive, Tim Rideout, and experts in the field, including Professor Melanie Davies and Professor Azhar Farooqi OBE, for their commitment and dedication in the prevention and treatment of diabetes and their proposal for a Diabetes Centre of Excellence to be established as soon as possible; and further notes that the Centre for Excellence will serve not just the people of Leicester but act as a template for the rest of the United Kingdom.