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NHS report calls for national children's diabetes register

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A national register is needed to improve the treatment of the 23,000 children in England who have diabetes, according to an NHS report.

A survey by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) says that more children suffer from the disease than was previously thought.

And it warns that the number of those with type 2, which is often linked to being overweight, is now three in 100,000 and increasing. Most have type 1, which is caused by the body not producing enough insulin.

Says the RCPCH president, Professor Terence Stephenson: `This survey may prompt questions about the standard and provision of care around the country, and we hope that the Government looks at this immediately.`

The Department of Health-commissioned survey records that at least 15,361 children aged five to 15 suffer from the condition, which has “significant implications” for schools.

The Department of Health said the findings will be used to support better NHS care for children of all ages.

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