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GPs should be contracted to manage register of people at high risk of diabetes, says leading charity

GPs should be contractually required to manage a register of patients identified as being at high risk of type 2 diabetes, according to influential charity Diabetes UK.

In a report critical of ‘poor and patchy’ progress made so far with the Government’s flagship NHS Health Check programme, the charity said more needs to be done to identify people at high risk of type 2 diabetes and offer them intensive lifestyle interventions, in line with NICE guidance introduced in 2012.

The report said: ‘NHS England should mandate appropriate follow-up and management of people at high risk of Type 2 diabetes through the GP contract and the introduction of a register of people at high risk of diabetes.’

But it also said Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England needed to make it clearer who should commission lifestyle behaviour change programmes, as provision of these ‘is very patchy’.

The report was critical of the overall uptake of NHS Health Checks since PHE rebooted the programme last year, with latest data showing less than half of people have taken up the offer of the check-up. Only 6.4% of the eligible population has received a Health Check during the first nine months of 2013-14 – compared with the 11% needed over this period, if the programme is to reach its target of three-quarters of the 20% of eligible people each year over five years up to 2017-18.

Diabetes UK called for local authorities to ‘learn from each other and share best practice about how to increase the offer and delivery of NHS Health Checks to achieve the vision of 75% take up amongst the eligible population’.

Readers' comments (13)

  • "Narrow Area of Interest" Charity Says GPs Must Focus on "Narrow Area of Interest" - film at 11...

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  • Bob Hodges

    Given the current surplus of GPS looking for work, and the short working days for those already in post.......I think that this is an excellent idea.

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  • They clearly have no idea that there is no spare capacity for this or any other worthy ideas

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  • In the mean time, 300,000 people thinks it's a good idea to do smear from age 16.

    Exactly who do they think is going to pay for these extra work?

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  • Population prevention is the work of pubic health, not individual GP practices. If a practice wishes to do this through a LES, then that's their choice but I suspect capacity will be a problem for many smaller practices.

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  • Vinci Ho

    Easy said than done....

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  • Is there anything that GP's can not or should not be doing based on charities very narrow minded views of the importance of their own agenda rather than the reality of the real work that goes on in general practice? no? I didn't think so....the bottomless pit that is General Practice...more please...

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  • dear bob 9.36
    given that their is a great SHORTAGE of gp's who work excessively LONG hours..your post is ridiculous..please find the facts before you make such pronouncements..ps i write after doing a 12 hour day on monday.. several hours sunday afternoon ..and working excluding commuting from 8.30 today to 11.10 pm today.i therefore find your comment very offensive......in the words of clement attlee..'a period of silence from you now would be most welcome'
    many thanks for your 'opinion'


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  • Martin, (0117am!!)
    Judging by the tone of Bob's previous posts I believe that 9.36 was absolutely sarcastic in tone!
    I think you might be too tired to spot the irony.
    I hope you have a relaxing Easter weekend!

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  • Bob Hodges

    Richard judged right.

    Martin. Have a lie down.

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