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NHS failing on diabetes home care

18th July 2007

A health watchdog has warned that the majority of NHS trusts in England are not giving people with diabetes enough help in managing their condition at home.


While the Healthcare Commission found that most primary care trusts were offering basic diabetes care such as an annual check-ups for patients, the vast majority – 130 out of more than 150 – failed to provide home support.

Experts say that managing diabetes at home by controlling weight or stopping smoking have been identified as means of tackling complications of the condition.

If patients were able to make these contributions to their well-being, it could also save the NHS large amount of money.

The Healthcare Commission pointed out that in 2002 about 5% (£1.3bn) of NHS expenditure was spent on caring for people with diabetes, but that may now have risen by 10%.

Chief executive Anna Walker said trusts that offered people the right type of help, including support in managing their condition, deserved praise.

“This is essential to the wellbeing of people with diabetes. By managing their condition, people with diabetes can prevent serious health complications such as blindness, kidney failure and even extend their life expectancy,? she said.

But Diabetes UK said the results of the report show that the NHS is still failing to provide the high quality care that people with diabetes need to achieve good diabetes management and stay healthy.

The charity’s head of healthcare policy Bridget Turner said: “The NHS has to focus more on supporting people to manage their diabetes through self care.?


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Article Information

Title: NHS failing on diabetes home care
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 3498
Date Added: 18th Jul 2007


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