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Government shows no joined up thinking on diabetes NSF

Your editorial comment was headline 'Department of Health is enforcing inverse care law with diabetes' (January 20).

The same thought occurred to me, which is why I questioned the NICE board when they came to Lancaster last week. I commended them for publishing the guidelines on diabetes, but suggested that they were publishing in a vacuum unless the Government funded them.

The reply was to the effect that the Government assumed the overall NHS budget would meet NICE recommendations and that there were not specific allocations for particular guidelines. Your editorial does, however, rightly point out that the abscence of NSF funding at the very least speaks not of joined-up Government thinking.

Dr Robin Jackson


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