Di­a­betes ser­vices lot­tery

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE -

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.

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