Call For Better Care For Diabetics Following Complication Concerns

Legal Experts React To Charity Warnings

26.08.2015

Specialist medical negligence lawyers have urged the Government and NHS to work together to provide better care to those suffering with diabetes, after new research highlighted that hundreds of thousands of Britons need amputations and suffer heart attacks and strokes because of complications caused by the disease.

The study by Diabetes UK found that in 2012/13 there were 200,000 cases of people with diabetes in England and Wales suffering devastating complications because of the disease.

With the figures of those with diabetes set to rise, the charity has urged that the Government and NHS begin making improvements to the care for those dealing with the disease.

According to Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, “the NHS must get better at giving people with diabetes the education they need to take control of their condition”.

She added: "With the numbers of people with diabetes rising at an alarming rate, it is vital that the Government and the NHS act urgently to end the postcode lottery of diabetes care and ensure that all people living with diabetes get the support and care they need to live long healthy lives”.

Responding to the figures, Guy Forster, a Partner and expert medical negligence lawyer at Irwin Mitchell’s Cambridge office, said:

Expert Opinion
“The management of diabetes is increasingly becoming a challenge for the delivery of healthcare in the UK. We welcome the call for diabetic patients to receive the education they need so they can give themselves the best possible chance of avoiding complications of this disease.

Sadly, through our work we also see instances where the treatment of diabetic patients is lacking and this can result in very serious problems, some of which are wholly avoidable. Every effort must be made to ensure there is a consistently high quality service regardless of location for the benefit of these patients.”
Guy Forster, Partner