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New clinical guidance published in early

December by the National Institute for

Health and Care Excellence (NICE) may

be "putting unnecessary obstacles in the

way of people with Type 2 diabetes getting

best care", according to Diabetes UK. The

guidance, designed to help healthcare

professionals support people with Type 2

diabetes and provide commissioners with

a framework to commission appropriate

services, has finally been published

after long delays. This was because

contributors, including Diabetes UK,

argued that further changes needed to be

made to make the final guidelines more

practical in line with other international

guidelines.

NEW NICE T2 GUIDELINES

Diabetes UK says the key issue is

that the vast majority of people with Type

2 diabetes will be seen by generalist

clinicians who often rely heavily on the

guidelines, may not be up to speed with

the application of new evidence and may

be reluctant to go beyond out-of-date

existing guidelines. The concern is that

this could lead to many patients waiting

unnecessarily to get access to tried and

tested newer therapies.

Chris Askew, Chief Executive of

Diabetes UK, said: "There are many

things we welcome from these new

guidelines but we are calling on NICE

to commit to on-going updates so that

people with Type 2 diabetes can benefit

from latest advances in medication and

diabetes care. Diabetes treatment is

an ever-changing field so it is important

for recommendations to be updated

regularly to reflect new evidence. We

also encourage CCGs and healthcare

professionals to increase access to

diabetes education and appropriate

blood glucose monitoring to help with

self-management."

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