Diabetics 'need more support'

Tens of thousands of diabetes patients are not getting the support they need from family doctors to manage their condition, a new report suggests.

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A report suggests diabetes patients are not getting the support they need from family doctors to manage their condition.

Tens of thousands of diabetes patients are not getting the support they need from family doctors to manage their condition, a new report suggests.

And diabetic hospital patients are not all having sufficient access to specialist teams, it found.

The health service "must do more" to prevent diabetes-related hospital admissions and make any hospital stays shorter, the authors concluded.

There is a "substantial postcode variability in diabetes specific admission and readmission rates", according to the report by a coalition of diabetes organisations, including charity Diabetes UK and the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists.

The authors suggest that the variation could be reduced through improved coordination of care and support outside hospital.

Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: "The solution is to be found in giving people the structured education and care planning support they need to be able to manage their condition and, when hospital admission is needed, ensuring hospitals have the specialist teams that can help people get better more quickly,

"This report is a clarion call to improve the care standards people with diabetes get, right from the moment they are diagnosed with the condition.

"It is also a reminder that it is unacceptable that we have a postcode lottery where one of the biggest predictors for how likely someone with diabetes is to end up in hospital is where they live."