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Cornwall Is Not Meeting Diabetes Treatment Targets

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2:21pm 30th October 2014

The quality of treatment for Cornish diabetes patients is revealed.

It is claimed more than two thirds of people are not getting the care they need.

New statistics from Public Health England show the Duchy is not meeting targets for cholesterol and blood sugar control.

We are one of the worst places in the UK for it.

Kate Mitchell, NHS Kernow's lead for Long-Term Conditions said: "We know how important it is to provide comprehensive care, support and advice to people with diabetes and to make sure they get the help and support they need in a timely manner.

"In the two years since these figures were collected, we have worked closely with Diabetes UK, our local practitioners and people with diabetes to improve the services and support we commission. This has included setting up focus groups to listen to patients' experiences so we can understand how we can continue to improve our services. 

"We have also seen a 20 per cent increase in the number of people who receive the NICE approved tests to ensure their diabetes is controlled, such as weight, blood pressure and urine tests. In Cornwall, 65.3 per cent of people receive these tests, which is above the national average of 59.9 per cent.

"We will continue to work closely with GPs, other local practitioners, people with diabetes and Diabetes UK on the issues that are raised in this report to ensure we continue to improve in all areas of diabetic care."

You can see a breakdown of how local surgeries are performing here.

For more advice on diabetes visit Diabetes UK.

2:21pm 30th October 2014

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