The latest report by Diabetes UK suggests that delayed health checks amongst people with diabetes may have contributed to 7,000 more deaths than usual in England last year. Routine checks are critical in preventing serious complications such as amputations, heart disease and premature death.
Unfortunately, too many people are being left to manage their challenging condition alone.
The NHS has prioritised returning routine care to pre-pandemic levels, with local areas receiving £36m to restore diabetes services. However, according to the latest report from Diabetes UK, around 1.9 million people missed out on vital checks in 2021-22.
More than five million people are living with diabetes in the UK, and despite a promised focus on care, it has been reported that there were 1461 excess deaths involving diabetes between January and March 2023, which is three times higher than during the same period last year.
“Urgent action is needed to reverse this trend and support everyone living with diabetes to live well with the condition,” the report says.
The report also highlights that:
- there were 7,000 more deaths than normal involving people with diabetes last year – 13% up on pre-pandemic figures
- only 47% of people with diabetes in England received all eight of their required checks in 2021-22, down from 57% before the pandemic
- in some areas, only 10% had received routine checks and these areas were likely to be the most deprived
- one in 10 people surveyed in the poorest areas said they had had no contact with their healthcare team in more than a year
- Diabetes UK is calling for the government to draw up plans to tackle the backlog in diabetes care, reduce health inequalities and provide more support to help prevent people developing type 2 diabetes.
Chris Askew, OBE is Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said:
“Yet far too many people with diabetes are being left to go it alone managing this challenging and potentially fatal condition, with deeply alarming numbers of checks either missed or delayed.”
Medical Negligence Solicitors
As highlighted by the publication of these figures, many people living with diabetes still miss out on the vital health checks they need. These delays and access to treatment are putting many people at risk of serious health problems, which can sadly lead to premature death.
If you believe you or a loved one’s condition has been compromised by excessive waiting times or delays in your diagnosis and/or treatment, you may be entitled to compensation.
At Bridge McFarland LLP, our specialist medical negligence solicitors assist people concerning medical negligence claims surrounding failings in care and/or treatment received under the NHS and private healthcare sector.