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Calls For Improvements To Diabetes Care In Dorset


12:23pm 29th October 2014

Seven out of ten people with diabetes in Dorset aren't reaching their recommended treatment targets for managing their illness, which can lead to amputation, blindness and stroke.

There are 37,000 people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in Dorset.

In Dorset, only 32 per cent of people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes reached the recommended targets, below the national average of almost 36 per cent. In the highest performing CCG, 48 per cent of patients reached their recommended targets.

Findings for the care of over two million people in England and Wales with diabetes, reveals NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has the 16th worst rate out of 211 CCGs in England, when it comes to patients meeting treatment targets.

Phaedra Perry, Diabetes UK Regional Manager in the South West, said: "These statistics show a very stark postcode lottery. It is worrying that the proportion of people missing these important treatment targets is so high in Dorset."

“These targets are important indicators in how effectively someone is managing their diabetes. Poor diabetes management can lead to serious and costly complications associated with diabetes, including heart problems, amputations and blindness which with the right support, can be avoided. We are also concerned that the percentage of people with diabetes receiving their care processes has declined from the previous year, when 67 per cent of received these vital checks.”

“People with diabetes have to manage their condition every single day and need the support from their healthcare teams to do this. Every person with diabetes deserves to receive the nine checks recommended by NICE, and to have the support they need to achieve good management of their condition. Diabetes UK hopes to work closely with Dorset CCG to help them achieve better care for all people affected by diabetes. We urge the CCG to ensure that more people receive their care processes, and that treatment targets are improved dramatically.”

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