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Tuesday, 12 March 2013
Government unveils new targets for diabetes.
"GPs will be expected to double the percentage of adults with type 2 diabetes who achieve NICE-recommended blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels in five years, under new targets set by the Government.
The Government said more should be done by GPs to make sure that risk factors were controlled in diabetes and set a target for 40% of patients with diabetes to be within NICE-recommended levels, which is double the current rate of 19.8% by 2018.
It also recommends a dramatic increase in the proportion of patients with diabetes being given nine basic care processes annually - such as foot checks and microalbuminuria tests - from 50% to 80% by 2018, possibly by bundling the QOF indicators together."
While healthcare professionals, continue promoting the same diabetic dietary recommendations, that have failed totally for decades, no improvement in the lamentable statistics will be seen. More type two drugs will come and go, but medication is not the answer. Almost all Doctors must have patients holding non diabetic numbers, and they know how it is being achieved, but they stick to the rule book that almost guarantees failure. Rules and apathy kills more diabetics every year and the situation is getting worse. Failure is the only growth industry the UK has, this does not have to be. As Napoleon once said of our soldiers “Lions led by donkeys” we seem to be incapable of finding good leaders.