Given all the increasingly strong evidence of inadequate care, we simply cannot understand why the NHS has sleepwalked into this situation.
This has led to huge numbers of potentially preventable complications such as amputation and blindness and to many thousands of people dying before their time.
– Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK
This is a tragedy for those people and their families and the current approach is also a huge waste of public money, as diabetes-related complications are extremely expensive to treat.
It is baffling that the low priority the NHS has given to diabetes has allowed this situation to develop when there is nothing controversial about how to deliver quality healthcare.