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GP practices should be 'forced to submit data for diabetes audit'

GP practices should be forced to take part in the National Diabetes Audit to help make sure the NHS hits targets on diabetes care, a group of influential MPs has said.

The Public Accounts Committee said standards of diabetes care were still not good enough in some areas, citing the fall in practices participating in the National Diabetes Audit – down from 81% of practices in 2011/12 to 71% in 2012/13.

This was ’undermining one of the most comprehensive clinical audits in the world’, the MPs said. 

The committee recommended that NHS England should ’make it mandatory for GP practices to submit data for the National Diabetes Audit’.

In its latest review of progress on diabetes management, the committee added that there was ‘unacceptable’ variation in the take-up of diabetes education programmes and delivery of recommended care processes.

According to evidence heard by the committee, some of this was 'down to how GP practices use their IT systems, with some practices not using the full functionality of these systems’. 

The MPs called for NHS England to 'develop a strategy for sharing best practice, including on using GP IT systems effectively to support the delivery of diabetes care’.

The committee also called on NHS England and Public Health England to ‘ramp up’ their NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, which it said was moving too slowly, and set out wider public health strategies on preventing diabetes, such as marketing campaigns.

Readers' comments (17)

  • This must be part of Jeremys reducing GP bureaucracy............

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  • To be fair there are real clinical benefits to knowing that these bits are done. Appreciate that practices have significant workload issues but it's a shame that this keeps getting lost.

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  • Forced...or what? NHSE has taken pretty much everything else, so sure, heap more up on me or you'll have the shirt off my back? Stick your contract up your R's. For the 12 months I have left, you'll "force" me no more.

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  • More work, and more micromanagement of what we seem to sometimes forget, are private businesses.
    Congrats to the enlightened GP at 1.15 who, like me has walked away from the toxic contract.
    Please join us. Your life can be good again, you just have to take that leap of faith.

    Ditch the contract comrades!

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  • Should be PAID to submit, surely?

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  • thats fine, offer in the region of £10-15 per patient data, and you won't have any opposition. "force" and you'll get sweat funk all. Tara for now.

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  • Use of words like 'forced' are counter-productive.
    Dear influential MPs -Gp's might also force something where the sun don't shine,

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  • I would like political parties to submit enough information to audit their delivery against their manifestos. Any drop below a threshold of acceptability would result in a re-election.
    Nothing wrong with fantasising is there?

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  • Again MPs are piling in the pressure and want something else for nothing as everything that takes time has a cost. If MPs (Camerons poodles perhaps have been recruited to pile on the pressure a bit more) do not want to fund it then is costs GPs time, surgery fees, practice staff etc... and if they cannot be bothered to work out how much GPs would be out of money to pay for this extra work then they are just taking the .....and using this to break the system as they want their profit from flogging the nhs to the private companies and they want it now!
    Doctors are being so inconvenient as I am sure they wanted them to crack before now. They jave only got till the next election so expect more of the same.
    Perhaps we can play the same game and find out which MPs involved with this?????

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  • The only place in the worked where GP practices would be 'forced' to do anything is UK

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