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Retinopathy target missed

The Government has missed its target for screening 80 per cent of patients with diabetes for retinopathy by 2006, a new report reveals.

Only 78.4 per cent were

actually offered screening and the report warned the Dec-

ember 2007 target ­ for all

patients with diabetes to be

offered screening ­ 'looms large'.

The Department of Health report ­ despite being called 'Turning the Corner: Improving Diabetes Care' ­ also records wide variation in quality of care between PCTs.

The proportion of cases diagnosed varied from 51 to 92 per cent, according to an analysis of QOF data.

Dr Azhar Farooqi, diabetes lead for Eastern Leicester PCT, said slow progress on retinopathy was a 'big issue'.

He said: 'The target is "offered" ­ the number who have had it is even lower. There needs to be a big push on this.'

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