Derek discusses diabetes with clinicians

In his role as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Vascular and Venous Disease, West Cornwall Derek Thomas jointly hosted with the South West Clinical Network an all-day event in Taunton attended by more than 70 clinicians from across the South West.

Mr Thomas gave an update on the work of the APPG, an informal groups of MPs and peers set up to provide a platform for discussion and action on Vascular and Venous Disease.

“APPGs are really useful for Parliamentarians as they allow MPs from all sides to join together under one banner to discuss an issue, as well as allowing us to work closely with charities and industry who have knowledge on the issue,” said Mr Thomas.

“The APPG has worked for many years to raise awareness of vascular disease and to encourage action to promote a greater priority for its prevention and treatment within Parliament and we have had a number of successes – a good example of which is one of the recent reports we produced in response to the Government’s cardiovascular strategy, where the Government accepted 70% of the recommendations.

“I believe it is completely unacceptable that 20 diabetes-related amputations are carried out every day – particularly given that up to 80% of these are avoidable.”

The event at Taunton Rugby Club was the third in a series of regional events held in partnership with Strategic Clinical Networks to understand how services are being run and how best practice can be replicated across the country.

After the final event has been held, the APPG will produce a report with recommendations to Government on how good practice can be shared and adopted across the country.