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Lack of specialist diabetes teams in hospitals is “absolutely disgraceful,” says NHS clinical lead

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 16 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3449
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

The long term health and quality of life of patients with diabetes is being put at risk by the poor standard of care they receive in primary and secondary care, two reports have warned this week.

State of the Nation 2012: England, published by the charity Diabetes UK on Monday 14 May,1 found that less than half of patients are receiving the basic standard regular care that they need: nine simple regular checks recommended by the national service framework for diabetes and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Then on Thursday 17 May the national diabetes inpatient audit (NaDIA) showed that a third of patients with diabetes who are admitted to hospital in England and Wales are being put at risk of dangerously high or low …

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