Published: 20/12/2001, Volume III, No. 5786 Page 6 7

The first part of the diabetes national service framework, outlining new national standards, was finally published last week, though implementation will not be until 2003.

Publication of the document, which sets standards of care people with diabetes in England should expect, was warmly welcomed with the proviso that sufficient resources are made available.

A delivery strategy will be published next summer which will include early milestones, performance indicators and details of local implementation and national support for local action.

The 12 published standards cover identification of people with diabetes, diabetes and pregnancy, clinical care , and empowerment of people with diabetes.

Diabetes UK chief executive Paul Streets said the framework standards 'offer a golden opportunity to ensure people with diabetes get the healthcare they deserve'.

NHS Alliance chair Dr Michael Dixon said: 'The alliance will be calling for realistic funding to be made available now instead of waiting until the details of targets and indicators are known.'