New figures released yesterday by Diabetes UK indicate that for the first time the number of people in the UK who are living with diabetes is now over 4 million. This represents an increase of 65 % over the past decade.
It is thought that there are a further 549,000 living with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.
We frequently see potentially preventable diabetes related complications such as amputation. Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of preventable sight loss in people of working age and is a major contributor to kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke.
Diabetes UK warn that 24,000 people a year with diabetes will die before their time. Diabetes UK advise that this is because:
- 40% of people with diabetes are not getting the eight NICE recommended checks which are key to identifying problems early enough to prevent complications
- Diabetes education programmes are not being commissioned in over a third of areas in the UK and
- Hospital care for people with diabetes is consistently poor
Diabetes UK are calling for a greater focus on preventing Type 2 diabetes, which they say is vital to stemming the rise of Type 2 diabetes. The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is a joint commitment from NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK, to support people to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. At present there are 7 demonstrator sites across the county but NHS DPP hope to implement a national role out of the scheme.
We have acted for patients who have suffered life altering conditions as a result of a negligent delay in diagnosing and treating diabetes. If you have concerns regarding medical treatment you have received please contact Vanessa Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the link to find further details of our specialist medical negligence team .