Diabetes services lottery
PEOPLE with Type 1 diabetes face a postcode lottery when it comes to their care. Research shows the medical treatment of people with diabetes varies across Ireland. Care may be limited, unstructured and ad-hoc in some locations with limited access to specialist expert diabetes opinion in secondary care.
Diabetes Ireland said only 42pc of hospital diabetes services are offering adults with uncomplicated type 1 diabetes the recommended six monthly review appointments.
Many patients are offered only infrequent appointments focused on annual review, which is some cases are not even every calendar year but much longer. Further, even when they attend a clinical appointment for a certain time, queues at clinics start at the same time for all patients, causing long waiting times.