More than half of diabetes patients are not getting standard health checks

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 14 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3393
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Diabetes care in England is in a “state of crisis,” with fewer than half of patients receiving even the basic minimum of care, a new report from Diabetes UK warns.

The charity’s State of the Nation 2012 report states that in some areas just 6% of people with diabetes are getting the nine regular checks and services recommended by the national service framework for diabetes and by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).1 Even in the best performing areas the proportion is just 69%.

Such lack of access to this basic care has contributed to 40% of people with the condition not meeting their blood glucose targets, …

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