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Letters Lack of hospital diabetes teams

Where specialist diabetes teams can be found

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 01 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3854
  1. Richard Quinton, consultant and senior lecturer in endocrinology1
  1. 1Endocrine Unit, Elliot Building, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle on Tyne NE1 4LP, UK
  1. richard.quinton{at}

Contrary to the recent news story,1 NHS hospitals do have specialist diabetes teams, comprising consultants, specialty registrars, and nurse specialists. However, inpatient diabetes typically represents only a small part of their overall workload.

NHS trusts tend to use specialty registrars in diabetes and endocrinology on acute medicine rotas, disproportionately compared with peers in other medical specialties. Moreover, time available …

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