Many patients with diabetes are at risk of blindness, amputation and even death because so few of them attend courses about how to manage their condition, a leading charity has warned.Wah! Wah! The Terrible Toree Cutz are starving us of resources!
But wait. Maybe not:
Diabetes UK said the failure of many local NHS organisations around England was a key reason for the tiny number of patients attending courses.
The charity discovered last November that about a third of GP-led clinical commissioning groups – 72 out of the 208 that responded to a freedom of information request – did not commission diabetes courses, even though all CCGs are meant to do so.Oops!
Patients who attend can benefit by, for example, losing weight, lowering their cholesterol or blood-sugar level or reducing their blood pressure.
Anecdotal evidence from patients suggests that many health professionals do not highlight the importance of participating in education courses to newly diagnosed patients, and that often when classes are laid on, they are at times that many people find inconvenient.But timers that GPs find immensely convenient, I'll bet.