Adrian Sanders Torbay MP has supported a Bill in the House of Commons which would standardise diabetes testing for over 40s, improving upon the deficiencies of the current NHS Health Check. The Bill was presented by the Rt Hon Keith Vaz, MP for Leicester East.
Adrian Sanders told the Devon Week: “This Bill is an incredibly timely proposal, at a time of rapidly rising rates of diabetes and increasing costs to the NHS from preventable conditions.
“By addressing certain problems in our current health check system, we can diagnose and begin treating the 850,000 people in the United Kingdom who are unaware they have diabetes, who are currently at high risk of serious health problems.
“I am confident that early detection of conditions like diabetes will save lives, prevent incredible harmful health problems and save millions of pounds on expensive emergency treatments.”
Keith Vaz said: “I know from personal experience how important early diagnosis is for diabetes, which is a progressively more dangerous disease. With an earlier diagnosis of my own health would have been far better over a period of several years.
“I was delighted that Adrian supported this important Bill, which has received support from MPs across all parties in the House of Commons.”
(from a press release)