The growing problem of diabetes in Scotland is to be tackled by a new Scottish Government Action Plan launched this week.
The Scottish Diabetes Action Plan sets out a course of action over the next three years which will support prevention and detection of diabetes and help improve NHS care throughout Scotland. Diabetes UK Scotland has welcomed the plan and, in particular, the commitment to tackling the growth of this life-threatening condition.
58,000 more people with diabetes in Scotland since 2006
On the launch of the new Scottish Diabetes Action Plan, Jane-Claire Judson, Director of Diabetes UK Scotland, said: "In 2006, when the last Diabetes Action Plan was published, 170,000 people had diabetes in Scotland. In four years that figure has increased to 228,000 and unless improvements in detection and prevention take place, we could see tens of thousands more people diagnosed over the lifetime of the new action plan.
Crucial for patients and NHS staff
"At a time of uncertainty for many as a result of the recession and looming budget cuts, a clear roadmap setting out the priorities for providing high-quality care and support, reducing the rate of increase, and diagnosing people earlier to help avoid complications, is crucial both for patients and for NHS staff delivering and developing services. Diabetes UK Scotland is delighted to see the Action Plan set out the strategies for care, prevention and detection that the NHS in partnership with patients will work to deliver over the coming years."
Diabetes UK Scotland has also welcomed a new commitment to reducing the rate of emergency admissions for Type 1 diabetes. Scotland has one of the highest rates of childhood diabetes in the world and there is a pressing need to deal with avoidable admissions to hospital.