Assembly Health Committee hears appalling figures concerning diabetes in Barnet

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Andrew Dismore AM, Labour London Assembly member for Barnet and Camden, speaking at the London Assembly Health Committee today, revealed that whilst Barnet had the second highest number of diabetes sufferers in London, the take up of diabetes screening in the borough was precisely zero.

Mr Dismore said:

“The NHS Vascular Screening Health Checks programme was implemented in England April 2009 for people aged 40-74. According to Diabetes UK, across London 19 per cent of eligible people were offered the checks during 2011/12. But in Barnet only 2 per cent of those eligible for screening were even offered it, which compares badly with Brent, where 36 per cent were offered screening.

And when we look at take up figures it is even worse: whilst the highest take-up during 2011/12 was 10 per cent in Haringey, the lowest was precisely zero per cent – in Barnet.

Barnet, after Croydon who have a slightly higher number, has more diabetes sufferers than anywhere else in London, a total of 22,186 patients.  Diabetes UK also estimate that 27.8% of diabetes sufferers in Barnet are undiagnosed, which makes the need for screening even more important.  We also know that people of south Asian origin are genetically predisposed to diabetes, and with over 10% of Barnet’s population of this ethnicity, and estimated to increase by a further 10% by 2016,  the failure to conduct a proper screening programme is all the more woeful.

The Conservative led coalition Government is letting the people of Barnet down. And Barnet Council itself has fallen down on the job, by not scrutinising this appalling record. And what of Barnet’s MPs? Whilst those from Finchley and Chipping Barnet have been generally supportive of diabetes campaigns, the only time the MP for Hendon appears to have done anything was to vote for an unsuccessful amendment to water down the Diabetes Prevention Bill, introduced by Keith Vaz MP”.

 

Borough

Number of people

Prevalence Borough

Number of people

Prevalence
 

Hillingdon

15,703

7.4%

City of London

620

5.2%

Hounslow

15,345

7.9%

Barking and Dagenham

9,655

7.3%

Islington

9,955

6.1%

Barnet

22,186

7.9%

Kensington and Chelsea

10,955

7.3%

Bexley

13,187

7.2%

Kingston upon Thames

8,619

6.0%

Brent

20,522

10.2%

Lambeth

15,313

6.4%

Bromley

17,919

7.0%

Lewisham

15,037

6.9%

Camden

12,104

5.9%

Merton

11,204

6.4%

Croydon

22,526

8.1%

Newham

17,235

9.7%

Ealing

21,678

8.4%

Redbridge

18,318

8.5%

Enfield

18,366

7.9%

Richmond upon Thames

9,846

6.2%

Greenwich

12,825

7.1%

Southwark

15,800

6.3%

Hackney

13,307

7.9%

Sutton

10,688

6.8%

Hammersmith and Fulham

8,849

6.3%

Tower Hamlets

13,552

7.0%

Haringey

13,587

7.4%

WalthamForest

14,319

8.2%

Harrow

17,397

9.2%

Wandsworth

13,740

5.6%

Havering

14,212

7.3%

Westminster

14,414

6.2%

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