MPs to tackle diabetes care

Too many patients with diabetes are developing potentially life-threatening complications because they are not receiving the straightforward care and support they need, MPs have said.

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NHS patients 'face postcode lottery'

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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