Department of Health: The Management of Adult Diabetes Services in the NHS
HC 289, Seventeenth Report of Session 2012-13 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - Committee of Public Accounts
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
According to the report 'Department of Health: The Management of Adult Diabetes Services in the NHS (HC 289)' the percentage of the population diagnosed with diabetes doubled between 1994 and 2009 and is continuing to increase, which could have a significant impact on NHS resources.
Too many diabetic people are developing complications because they are not receiving the straightforward care and support they need. The Department estimates that 24,000 people with diabetes die prematurely each year because their diabetes has not been managed effectively. An estimated 80% of the costs of diabetes treatment in the NHS are attributed to the treatment and management of serious, yet avoidable, diabetic complications.
The National Service Framework for Diabetes 2001 set out minimum standards for diabetes care, including nine basic care processes to check signs of avoidable diabetic complications, as well as treatment targets for the management of blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol - to minimise the risk of complications developing.
Progress in delivering these standards has been poor. There is no strong national leadership, no effective accountability arrangements for commissioners, and no appropriate performance incentives for providers.
The Committee received no evidence that the Department will ensure that these issues are addressed effectively in the new NHS structure.
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