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NHS is meeting annual check-ups target

The majority of people with diabetes receive annual check-ups to assess whether their condition is under control, says a survey released today by the Healthcare Commission.

Most respondents had been tested for complications in the last twelve months. This included checking blood pressure (98 per cent), long-term blood glucose levels (91per cent), weight (91per cent), and cholesterol (89 per cent).

Nevertheless, the survey also highlighted areas of diabetes care that are in need of improvement. For example, only 11 per cent of respondents attended an education course on diabetes when one in four people (25 per cent) who had not been on such a course said they wanted to attend one.

The Commission also found that 17 per cent of people with diabetes did not know if they had Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and that more could be done to improve the care that people with diabetes received while in hospital.

The survey was carried out last autumn and over 68,500 people with diabetes, 1,500 general practices and all 152 primary care trusts (PCTs) took part.

“Diabetes UK is extremely pleased that such a high percentage of people with diabetes are receiving an annual check up," said Penny Mordaunt, Director of Strategy, Policy and Partnerships at Diabetes UK.

"However, this survey does highlight some areas that still need a lot of work. The NHS needs to focus more on supporting people to manage their diabetes through self care as the survey points to a lack of access to education courses for people with diabetes.

"Diabetes UK is also concerned about the problems found with inpatient care, as people with diabetes spend 1.1 million days per year in hospital for inpatient care and complications. Tackling these problems should be seen as a priority for specialist services to improve life for those in hospital and reduce the high costs associated with their care.”

The findings of the diabetes survey can be found on theHealthcare Commission website.

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