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Audit paints “bleak picture” of diabetes care in England and Wales

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k4780 (Published 09 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4780
  1. Jonathan Owen
  1. London

Around 1.5 million people with diabetes are not getting the care they need, in what health campaigners describe as a “bleak picture” of treatment.

Although a growing number of people with diabetes in England and Wales are being properly cared for, four in 10 are still not getting the care recommended by the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, the latest national diabetes audit has found.1

Patients are supposed to receive at least eight forms of care, including blood tests to measure cardiovascular risk, kidney function, and glucose control and urine tests for kidney disease. They should also be tested for raised blood pressure, checked for signs of foot ulcers, and have their …

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