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Diabetes care must improve

8th March 2007

The NHS has improved its diagnosis of diabetes but must now step up its efforts to treat the disease, a new government report has found.


In the NSF progress report, the government has measured today’s services against their 2003 National Service Framework. It concluded the NHS must do more to provide appropriate services for the increasing numbers being diagnosed.

Last year 100,000 people were identified has having diabetes – but experts estimate there are one million people living undiagnosed with diabetes in the UK. The report praises the NHS for improving its diagnosis through a range of measures including screening programmes for those at risk.

Dr Sue Roberts, National Clinical Director for Diabetes, said there was much to be proud of, but warned against complacency, while the charity Diabetes UK agreed diagnosis of diabetes has improved, but there were still gaps in care that needed to be filled.

A separate report from the Insulin Pumps Working Group, said the NHS needed to work harder towards NICE guidance to make the pumps, which infuse the hormone into the layer of tissue just beneath the skin, available to suitable candidates with Type 1 diabetes.

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