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NHS failing diabetes care

23rd April 2008

A leading charity has warned that local health providers are failing to offer key services for patients with diabetes.

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Diabetes UK says that as a result, government targets for improving diabetes care by 2013 may be missed.

In a new report from the charity which shows that while some of England's 1.9 million diabetes patients receive excellent quality care, there is evidence that in many areas service is patchy.

Findings show that fewer PCTs had a scheme to identify those at risk of the disease in 2007 than did in 2006, falling from 60% to 57%.

The charity also found that 36% of PCTs did not require doctors to draw up a care plan for diabetes patients, despite it being one of the government standards that had been set.

It also found “emotional and psychological support� for adults with the condition was lacking among the majority of PCTs.

The charity’s report said: “While there has been progress against the standards outlined in the National Service Framework for Diabetes, this is not sufficient and there is still a significant amount to do before the NSF vision of high quality diabetes services for all is achieved.

“If progress in improving standards continue to vary across England, the NHS will not achieve the standards in the NSF by 2013.�

Health Minister Ann Keen said the number of people getting tests to help prevent or delay the complications of diabetes was rising with an extra 20,000 people with undiagnosed diabetes identified in the last two years.

 

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