Diabetes centre commended in parliament

By Editor
4th March 2016
East Midlands, Latest news

The work of an international centre of excellence in diabetes research and education based in Leicester has been highly praised in parliament.

Keith Vaz, MP for Leicester East, made the comments about the Leicester Diabetes Centre during a debate about care of the condition, which took place on Thursday, March 3, at the House of Commons.

The politician, who has type 2 diabetes and is chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes, also said the centre’s co-directors Professor Melanie Davies CBE and Professor Kamlesh Khunti were a “dynamic duo”.

He said: “In my own constituency, we are very fortunate to have not only the best football team in the country… but the Leicester Diabetes Centre, a centre of true excellence in diabetes care. It is one of the largest facilities in Europe for clinical research into diabetes.

“Run by the dynamic duo of Professor Melanie Davies and Professor Kamlesh Khunti, it provides an innovative partnership between the NHS and academia— the very people in whom we should put more faith and behind whom we should put more funds… We are extremely fortunate to have such experts, but we need more centres of excellence.”

The MP said type 2 diabetes was one of the “most important health challenges facing the NHS and indeed the world” and once again pledged his support for a sugar tax.

Public Health Minister Jane Ellison, who is responsible for diabetes, also spoke about the importance of diabetes structured education.

The Leicester Diabetes is a partnership between the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the University of Leicester.

Based at Leicester General Hospital, the centre is pushing the barriers of research into type 2 diabetes with over 140 staff working on more than 30 studies.

It is also home to the gold standard NHS structured education programme for type 2 diabetes, DESMOND, which is commissioned by more than 90 NHS Trusts.

Professor Khunti, professor of primary care diabetes & vascular medicine at the University of Leicester based at the Leicester Diabetes Centre, said: “We are proud to have a great relationship with Keith, who does an amazing job in campaigning for diabetes. We thank him for the complimentary comments made in the House of Commons.”

Professor Davies CBE, professor of diabetes medicine at the University of Leicester also based at the Leicester Diabetes Centre, added: “I commend Keith for the excellent work he does in raising awareness of Type 2 diabetes, a condition threatening to overwhelm the health service.”

The MP founded the diabetes charity Silver Star in 2007 and is also an active and passionate supporter of fellow charities Diabetes UK and JDRF.

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