Poor Diabetes Care Affects Patients

DiabetesA report has uncovered recently that diabetes treatment is not being provided to correct levels by PCTs in some of the cities.

It has been found that while Stoke-on-Trent is holding the fourth last position amongst a total of 150 primary care trusts, Newcastle and the Staffordshire Moorlands are at a position higher than 20 PCTs, who have been showing worse results.

Nine basic care processes are needed to be provided each year to patients of diabetes and are the most important ones. The tests, including blood, weight, cholesterol, eyes, glucose and feet levels altogether, help in reducing risks of future complications in diabetics.

Also, the tests are followed by an advice to stop smoking as well as improving lifestyle. It has been found that patients of diabetes often tend to develop problems like limb amputations, blindness and liver damage due to a failure of treatment services.

The National Audit Office (NAO) says this situation has not only caused thousands to let down, but has been resulting in increased number of preventable deaths and additional costs for the NHS to treat those complications as well.

"There is a lack of education for people to know what they should expect so they can challenge it if they are not receiving the care", said David Scott, secretary of Diabetes UK North Staffordshire.