With diabetes already making up a significant percentage of all medical problems treated in the NHS and the problem apparently increasing year on year, it is worrying to hear that we are getting no closer and in some cases getting worse at treating this condition.
‘Urgent’ review call over diabetes
Tuesday 10th December 2013, 12:10AM GMT
Health officials must carry out an “urgent” review of diabetes care across the UK, a charity has demanded after a damning report concluded that the NHS “struggles” to deliver adequate care to people who suffer from the condition.
The quality of care that patients receive is a “question of location”, according to Diabetes UK’s latest State of the Nation report – which highlights a postcode lottery of services across England.
Little overall improvement
As well as highlighting a wide variation in standards of care, the report also shows there has been little overall improvement. While there have been some successes – such as more people meeting the target level for blood pressure – in some aspects of care, things have got worse. This is despite the fact that diabetes accounts for about 10 per cent of the entire NHS budget, with around 80 per cent of this being spent on treating complications that could in many cases be prevented.
The report calls for the Government and NHS England to carry out a review into the reason for the large geographical variation and to put in place an action plan to improve healthcare for people living in the worst-performing areas. It also wants clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in areas where performance is below average to take urgent action to bring standards up to the standards that already exist in the average (median) performing areas.