In a highly critical report on the management of adult diabetic services in the NHS, MPs also claim that patients face a postcode lottery of treatment.
- Fewer than half of patients receive the recommended levels of care, including nine basic care checks which reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications such as blindness, amputation or kidney disease, the report found.
- Progress in delivering the recommended standards of care has been "depressingly poor", the authors conclude.
- Four fifths of the £3.9 billion spent every year on diabetes services in England is used to treat avoidable complications.
- And if care does not improve the NHS will continue to incur "ever increasing costs", the committee said.
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