According to diabetes news reports today, the number of NHS trusts that have a defined programme with which to identify people at risk of becoming diabetic has dropped. This is despite government and charity campaigns to promote and increase early prevention.
Diabetes UK, the leading UK diabetes charity, has said that one million people suffering from diabetes throughout England are not receiving NHS care that is often desperately necessary. Lack of care increases risks of stroke, heart disease and blindness .
Just one out of every 20 different primary care trusts has a specific plan working to prevent type 2 diabetes and obesity . Diabetes UK also reported that just 27% of diabetes sufferers in the UK had access to a full range of diabetes care services last year.
The Health Minister, Ann Kee, was reported as commenting: “The NHS has made good progress against our ten year plan to improve care for diabetes sufferers. The number of people getting the key tests and measurements to help prevent or delay the complications of diabetes is rising year on year and in the last two years alone we have identified an extra 200,000 people with undiagnosed diabetes.”

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