A specialist health lawyer has raised concers over a new report warning that care provided to patients with diabetes is in a ‘state of crisis’.
Diabetes UK has revealed how less than 50% of people diagnosed with the condition enjoy even the bare minimum level of care, in its State of the Nation 2012 report.
“According to this latest report by Diabetes UK, the level of care recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is enjoyed by less than half of people with diabetes. That is a worrying statistic,” said Neil fearn who is Head of Clinical Negligence at Simpson Millar.
According to Diabetes UK, the increase in diabetes-related conditions is to blame on a lack of regular tests and check-ups.
Neil added: “People with diabetes are at much higher risk of amputation, blindness, kidney failure and stroke. It is absolutely vital that the care they receive matches the seriousness of these health threats.”
“There are many things that people who suffer from diabetes can do to manage their condition but, to do so effectively, they need the full support of the NHS,” said Neil.