Diabetes UK diabetes is serious campaign

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Diabetes is serious

People with diabetes deserve better care says

Diabetes UK.

New statistics from the

national charity Diabetes

UK reveal thousands of

people are struggling

to access diabetes care with little

more than a third of people living

with the condition receiving their

recommended checks. The figures

appear in Recovering Diabetes Care;

Preventing the Mounting Crisis, a

report which has been published

as part of the charity's Diabetes is

Serious campaign. campaign showing

the scale of the problem with a series

of calls to UK government to tackle it.

The report, which includes the

results of a survey of more than

10,000 people living with or affected

by diabetes, found almost half (47%)

experienced difficulties managing

their condition last year.

Only 36% of people with diabetes

in England received all their

recommended checks, 21% fewer

than the previous year. This failure

to monitor people has put them at

risk of serious complications and

premature death, Diabetes UK says.

63% of those questioned attributed

this in part to not having sufficient

access to their healthcare team.

Unsurprisingly, the report also

showed people in the most deprived

areas are finding it harder to manage

and to access care, where 71% said

they had such problems.

The long view

Diabetes UK says urgent government

action is needed before lives are

needlessly lost. It found people living

with diabetes have be 'pushed to

the back of the queue during the

coronavirus pandemic and said a

national recovery plan is needed to

support front line healthcare teams

in getting vital services back on track.

This plan should specifically address

the problems caused by lack of

investment and staffing constraints

and demonstrate a renewed

commitment to improving outcomes

for people with, and at risk of,

diabetes as part of the forthcoming

update of the NHS Long Term Plan.

"Everyone with diabetes should

have a review of the key care

processes and their care plan by the

end of 2022. If people with diabetes

cannot receive the care they need,

they can risk devastating, life altering

complications," said Chris Askew,

chief executive of Diabetes UK. "We

know the NHS has worked tirelessly

to keep us safe throughout the

pandemic, but the impacts on care

for people living with diabetes have

been vast. While the UK Government

has been focused on cutting waiting

lists for operations and other planned

care, people with diabetes have been

pushed to the back of the queue. We

need to get this essential, life-saving

care back on track."

There are an estimated 4.9m

people living with diabetes in

the UK. To reduce the risk of

complications, people living with

diabetes must constantly selfmanage

their condition with support

from healthcare professionals

through routine care. A cornerstone

of this is formed by eight 'care

processes' recommended by the

National Institute for Health and

Care Excellence (NICE), which

include annual HbA1c blood

glucose measurement, foot checks,

eye checks and blood pressure

monitoring. Research has shown that

the delivery of these regular checks

is associated with better health

outcomes in the long-term.

www.diabetes.co.uk

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