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Healthcare Commission urges NHS to improve care for patients

The Healthcare Commission has called for the NHS to make further efforts to enhance its quality of care and make services more patient centred.

The independent watchdog released its last report to Parliament on the overall state of healthcare in England and Wales after five years of regulating the sector this month. The report said only half of NHS trusts comply with all safety standards and there has been little improvement.

The wide ranging report covers all aspects of healthcare in England and highlights a number of areas of significant improvement in the NHS, particularly around deaths from cancer and heart disease and huge reductions in waiting times.

The report revealed that demand for healthcare has increased dramatically, the NHS has higher levels of funding than ever before, and the health of the nation is improving.

Better care for people with diabetes

Douglas Smallwood, Chief Executive of  Diabetes UK, said: “It is worrying that the State of Healthcare report reveals that one in ten patients admitted to hospitals will have their health put at risk because of missed or late diagnosis especially as we know that one in ten people in hospitals in the UK have diabetes.

“Although the report shows that there have been sustained improvements  in  the NHS meeting the government’s standards and targets in general, the NHS is not on course for delivering its targets for people with diabetes as  set  out in the National Service Framework (NSF) for Diabetes.

“For truly patient-centred services for people with diabetes substantial changes are required. These include improvements in commissioning, measuring and understanding patient outcomes  and learning from the experience of patients.”

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