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Diabetes Programme Not Reaching Enough People - Ryall

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Tony Ryall
Tony Ryall

Wellington, Oct 20 NZPA - A programme that checks people for diabetes isn't reaching enough of those it is designed to help, Health Minister Tony Ryall says.

The free annual test is carried out under the Diabetes Get Checked programme and Mr Ryall said today that in the 2009/10 year 55 percent of people diagnosed with diabetes had their test.

"While this is a high, the Get Checked programme does not appear to be connecting well with the people for whom it is intended," he said.

"Better diabetes and cardiovascular services is one of the Government's six national health targets and we want to see better diagnosis and management of diabetes."

He said the Ministry of Health had appointed a national clinical director for diabetes, Dr Brandon Orr-Walker, and one of his first tasks was to fix the seemingly poor uptake.

"The Government recognises that diabetes is a growing problem, and we want to make sure that the treatment and management programmes that we are paying for are delivering good results," Mr Ryall said.

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