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Good diabetes care 'lacking'

26th October 2007

A national audit has revealed that less than a third of people with diabetes receive all the recommended regular tests they need.


However, the data from the NHS Information Centre also showed that diabetes care in England is improving year on year.

But it also highlighted that children and the elderly in England were least likely to get the care they need and that four in five children with the condition have higher blood glucose levels than recommended, putting them at risk of complications in later life.

The 2005-06 audit of 656,000 people with diabetes found only 30% were having all of the recommended tests and measurements carried out, although this has increased over the past three years and there has been a 10% increase in the number of people having foot examinations to detect signs of problems caused by poor circulation.

Diabetes affects about 2.35 million people in England and almost 10% of NHS budget is spent on the condition and its complications.

Douglas Smallwood, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said it was disgraceful that four out of five young people were struggling to reach target blood glucose levels.

He added: “Good blood glucose control is the cornerstone of diabetes management, which can help reduce the risk of diabetic complications.?

Dr Jonathan Boyce from the Healthcare Commission said while it was good to see the number of people with diabetes receiving key measurement tests he warned that that health services must not become complacent and said the number of people receiving key tests still needed to rise.


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