Diabetes tsar named10th March 2008
The government has selected Dr Rowan Hillson as the new national clinical director for diabetes.
Health Minister Ann Keen made the announcement about the new role. She said that the government had instigated great strides forward in the years since they announced a countrywide standard for treatment of the disease.
She added that since 2006, an extra 200,000 diabetics had been found and there had been enhancements to "clinical indicators such as blood glucose levels, blood pressure and cholesterol."
She said that she knew Dr Hillson would carry on the excellent progress and put her skillset to use in order to "make a real difference for people with diabetes.â€?
Dr Hillson fills a role left by Dr Sue Roberts, who is entering retirement.
Dr Hillson holds as position as the consultant physician and diabetologist at The Hillingdon Hospital in London.
She has also published patient guides for diabetics and those suffering from thyroid disorders. She will carry on with her post at the hospital, as her role will be carried out part-time.
She stated she was proud to have been chosen for the position and emphasised: "the importance of good diabetes services cannot be underestimated."
She added that she was looking forward to her work with diabetics and those working in the health service, in order "to continue to improve diabetes care nationally.â€?
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