Diabetes UK says the disease is the fastest growing health threat of our times and current care models are not working to get on top of the problem.
The NHS spends a tenth of its budget on diabetes, but most goes on managing complications not preventing them.
The government says it is focusing on early intervention.
Diabetes UK's own annual snapshot says there has been very little overall improvement in diabetes provision in the past year and that some aspects of care have got worse - such as fewer people with type 1 diabetes receiving an annual check-up."
Diabetes UK is the leading diabetes charity in the UK. They recommend a diet to diabetics that I call the diet of slow death and makes it almost impossible to control diabetes safely. The NHS audited stats Diabetes UK quote proves this.
Results for England. The National Diabetes Audit 2010-2011
Percentage of registered Type 1 patients in England
HbA1c > 6.5% (48 mmol/mol) = 92.6%
HbA1c > 7.5% (58 mmol/mol) = 71.3%
HbA1c > 10.0% (86 mmol/mol) = 18.1%
Percentage of registered Type 2 patients in England
HbA1c > 6.5% (48 mmol/mol = 72.5%
HbA1c > 7.5% (58 mmol/mol) = 32.6%
HbA1c >10.0% (86 mmol/mol) = 6.8%
These results are very similar to those obtained in previous NHS audits over the past 5 - 6 years.