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QOF success in diabetes diagnosis

More than 100,000 people have been diagnosed with diabetes in the past year thanks to the quality and outcomes framework.

The 'missing million' with undiagnosed diabetes is now likely to be down to a missing half-million, the Department of Health said.

The figures are revealed in its report Improving diabetes services: the National Service Framework four years on.

The report also contains forecasts of the geographical pattern of diabetes in 2010, with much of the increasing burden to be felt by deprived areas and areas with high elderly populations on the coasts.

Dr James Mather, a GP in Malvern, Worcestershire, and diabetes lead for his PCT, said proactive practices went above and beyond the QOF by preparing registers of people to be screened, but that he would like a formal screening programme.

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