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Diabetes care falls short

16th June 2010

The National Diabetes Audit has found that although higher numbers of diabetic patients are in contact with healthcare workers, many are not being offered the full range of tests and treatment

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The audit found that 90% of diabetics in England and Wales contacted healthcare services a minimum of once annually.

However, one third of patients were not given a urine test, which is an essential method for the diagnosis of kidney disease.

The number of people with diabetes has increased by a quarter since 2004, according to the audit, with 2 million people suffering from the disease.

The audit found that around half of people who had type 2 diabetes were given all nine of the "recommended care processes".

Only around one third of people with type 1 diabetes received all nine processes.

Half the diabetic patients did not achieve the recommended blood pressure target, and one third did not have good blood sugar control.

Gavin Terry of Diabetes UK said there was "little good news from this latest audit".

"Well over two-thirds of people with type 1 diabetes and half of people with type 2 diabetes in England and Wales are missing out on checks that in real terms translate into saving a person's sight, preventing limb amputation and extending life expectancy through the prevention of kidney failure, stroke and heart disease", he added.


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