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Royal College of Physicians responds to NHS England's new Healthier You Diabetes Prevention Programme

RCP president, Professor Andrew Goddard responds to the launch of the new programme.

Responding to NHS England's new Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, Professor Andrew Goddard, president of the Royal College of Physicians said:

“The Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is an example of a targeted project, successfully helping people to lose weight and reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. It also shows how preventative measures can reduce the pressure on NHS services.

"The programme demonstrates that there is a role for behaviour change interventions but if we are really to make a difference to obesity levels, we need to ensure that people living with obesity are able to access NICE approved treatments.

"There is a real need to improve access to these services and change how we manage obesity in the NHS. We should start by recognising obesity as a disease.”

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