Posted on 07/11/2012

Diabetes Care Depressingly Poor

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The latest BBC News headline ‘diabetes care depressingly poor, say MPs’, showcases a damning verdict of a government report into the standards of diabetes care available on the NHS. According to the Public Accounts Committee, “24,000 with diabetes are ‘dying needlessly’”.

The Public Accounts Committee is made up of influential MPs, given the role of ensuring taxpayers receive value for money. The report, based on official figures as well as both spoken and written evidence from independent diabetes experts, has highlighted its recommendations for care in the NHS.

According to the report, the NHS spent approximately £3.9 billion on diabetes care in 2009/10. 80% of the costs however, were estimated to come from the management and treatment of kidney disease and foot ulcers which are avoidable complications of diabetes.

The report also highlighted that the number of patients with diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes is set to rise by 2020 to 3.8 million. The current figure stands at 3.1 million. This increase is set to have an impact on NHS resources.

While there is a general consensus about what needs to be done for patients suffering from diabetes, the actual delivery of the recommended standards and treatment targets has been ‘depressingly poor’. The reason for this is reportedly due to the following problems:

• No strong national leadership and the fact that each Primary Care Trust is left to their own devices when it comes to tackling diabetes.
• No effective accountability arrangements for commissioners.
• No rewards in place to encourage best practice.

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