Personal Injury, Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence

Diabetes Care “depressingly poor”, say MPs

Committee investigates substandard diabetes care

As reported by the BBC yesterday, (, a Public Accounts Committee review has revealed that patients who suffer from diabetes are not undergoing the necessary regular checks to monitor their condition. As a result, it is estimated that 24,000 people die unnecessarily each year.

Diabetes sufferers are prone to suffering problems with blood pressure, vision and foot ulcers.

The National Audit Office and Diabetes UK have both reported that only half of patients receive the recommended nine basic tests they need. These tests are: weight, blood pressure, smoking status, HbA1c (glycated haemoglobin level), urinary albumin, serum creatinine, cholesterol, eye examinations and foot examinations.

Margaret Hodge, chair of the Committee, highlighted the lack of strong leadership on this issue within the NHS. There is clearly a postcode lottery when it comes to diabetes management.

We deal with many claims concerning mis-management of diabetes. Some common failings in care relate to patients suffering extensive foot ulceration, which sometimes results in foot or below-knee amputation. We have also pursued successful claims for patients who have suffered irreversible loss of vision due to failings in diabetes monitoring.

If you would like further information regarding a potential medical negligence claim relating to diabetes, please contact the clinical negligence team.