Half a million with type-2 diabetes 'undiagnosed'

NHS services in England have failed to diagnose over half a million people with type-2 diabetes, the charity Diabetes UK has warned.

Data collected from Yorkshire and Humber Public Health Observatory (YHPHO) and the quality framework has revealed significant disparities across PCTs in England.

The national average for diabetes diagnosis is currently 84 per cent.

But in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly 31 per cent of patients were undiagnosed, the highest rate in the country.

Douglas Smallwood, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: ‘Whilst some PCTs have done an excellent job in diagnosing type-2 diabetes, it is extremely worrying that hundreds of thousands of people are unaware they have a condition that puts them at greater risk of devastating complications.’

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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