Diabetes services for children and adolescents

* To ask the Minister for Health his views that the recommendation made by Diabetes Action which proposes a re-organisation of diabetes paediatric services in eight networks one of which would serve 280 to 300 children with diabetes in Counties Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary, so that intensive therapies can be accessed locally. – Dan Neville T.D.

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The HSE National Clinical Programme for Diabetes – which includes the care of children and adolescents with diabetes – is established within the Clinical Strategy and Programmes Directorate. This programme has a Clinical Lead appointed through the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI). The working group is made up of a multi-disciplinary team with representation from a number of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, Podiatrists, GPs etc. The Diabetes Federation of Ireland is also a member of this working group.

The National Diabetes Working group is working through a number of key objectives, including the implementation of projects such as Diabetes Retinopathy Screening and a multi-disciplinary Footcare package for patients with diabetes.

The National Clinical Programme for Diabetes – which is working on care for children and adolescents with diabetes to be considered for inclusion in the 2012 HSE Service Plan – is also actively designing an Integrated Care solution, for inclusion within the Chronic Disease Watch process in collaboration with the Primary Care National Clinical Programme. With a newly established National Clinical Programme for Paediatrics, the whole area of improved services for children and adolescents with diabetes will be examined in detail and solutions worked through.