Healthcare Commission urges PCTs to help diabetes patients self manage

PCTs are failing to help diabetes patients to manage their own diabetes, says the Healthcare Commission.

Services such as weight-management and exercise plans, or smoking cessation classes are not being offered by 85 per cent of PCTs in England.

Commissioning these services can prevent the onset of heart problems, blindness, kidney failure and the need for limb amputation, thereby driving down NHS costs.

Current estimates suggest that for 2007/2008, the NHS is likely to spend more than £25 million a day caring for people with diabetes.

However, 88 per cent of PCTs were shown to be meeting basic requirements for diabetes.

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