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Patients miss out on key diabetes checks

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Fewer than half of people with diabetes in England are receiving the basic care they require to manage their condition, national charity Diabetes UK has warned.

According to research, just 49.8 per cent of people with diabetes are receiving the nine basic health checks and services recommended by NICE, with this figure ranging from six per cent in the worst-performing areas to 69 per cent in the best. Core checks include annual cholesterol measurement, foot checks and quit smoking advice.

In its State of the Nation 2012 report, the charity calls for greater support for diabetes specialist nurses and paediatric diabetes specialist nurses, but warns these posts are being cut, and that nurses are not being replaced as vacancies arise.

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