Published: 04/03/2004, Volume II4, No. 5895 Page 25

The latest Wanless report has once again made a compelling case for early and effective interventions to treat diabetes.

The national service framework for diabetes and the new general medical services contract provide the direction; primary care trusts must now make sure they are delivered. But the government cannot expect current levels of funding to give us an illness prevention service at the same time as an illness treating service.

Benet Middleton Chief executive Diabetes UK