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Report praises GPs for diabetes treatment but says more can still be done

By Lilian Anekwe

Diabetes care in the UK is improving, but there is more work to be done in providing access to support services and treatment for vulnerable patient groups, according to a new Government report.

A progress report on the National Service Framework for diabetes published by the Department of Health today lauds the achievement of GPs in identifying and treating people with diabetes in primary care.

But the report also acknowledges that more work must be done to improve outcomes for children and young people and pregnant women with diabetes.

It also pledges to improve the psychological support available to people with diabetes, and drive the availability of screening for diabetic retinopathy up from the current level of 89.4% to 100% across the country.

The Department of Health also signalled its intention to launch a home delivery service for insulin pumps, to improve the variable access to insulin pump therapy.

National clinical director for diabetes, Dr. Rowan Hillson said: ‘The NHS has responded impressively to the first five years of the National Service Framework. More and more people with diabetes are getting good routine care, and their outcomes are improving year on year.

‘The next five years will continue to bring challenges for diabetes teams as they work to further improve diabetes services in both primary and secondary care.'

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