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Care homes 'failing diabetes patients'

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Patients with diabetes are being let down by care homes, a recent report has suggested.

People may want to choose their care homes more carefully after the study by Diabetes UK found that just 23 per cent of care homes screen residents for diabetes on admission and 28 per cent screen for the condition on an annual basis.

Jenny Hirst, co-chairman of the Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust, said that the care of people with diabetes in care homes "is absolutely not good enough and quite often the problems are ignored".

She added: "[It could be improved] by training people who run the care homes and [giving] the carers themselves better education.

"There also needs to be greater communication between the doctor and the care home."

The news follows research published earlier this year by the NHS Information Centre, which revealed that while more people are receiving recommended care to monitor diabetes, the number receiving effective treatment has stalled.
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Care of the elderly news : 18 November 2010