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One in five with diabetes have an aviodable hypo in hospital

Over a fifth of people with diabetes experienced a largely avoidable hypoglycaemic episode in hospital, according to a national audit report released today.

One in ten will have experienced a severe hypoglycaemic episode and one in 50 required injectable treatment due to the severity of the hypoglycaemia.

This is despite the fact that only 8.1 per cent of respondents had been admitted for their diabetes or a diabetic complication.

The findings are published today in the latest National Diabetes Inpatient Audit (NaDIA), carried out by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, in collaboration with Diabetes UK. NaDIA is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) as part of the National Clinical Audit Programme.

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Charities call for ‘higher priority’ on the back of an audit

Leading diabetes charities have called for the condition to be given a “higher priority” following the “alarming” results of a nationwide bedside survey.

The latest National Diabetes Inpatient Audit published today has revealed that over a fifth (22 per cent) of patients with diabetes in hospital will have experienced a largely avoidable hypoglycaemic episode, also known as a hypo, in hospital within the past seven days.

Barbara Young, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said: “If you are in hospital then you have a right to expect safe care and, for people with diabetes, this includes regular monitoring of  blood glucose levels and making sure they get food and insulin at the right times. If this is done properly, then the risk of patients’ blood glucose levels falling too low are greatly reduced."

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New chief executive calls on health minister to ‘get a grip’

The newly installed chief executive of a leading diabetes charity has called on the Health Secretary to “get a grip” on the condition “before it cripples the NHS”.

Martin Hirst, of the InDependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT), believes Jeremy Hunt needs to prioritise diabetes and has pledged to continue the charity’s campaigning and supporting role on behalf of people with diabetes.

The former residential care manager said:“The number of people with Type 2 diabetes is increasing, yet our experience is that people are not receiving the information and support they need.

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People with diabetes at the centre of care, say MPs

The health system needs to change to put people with diabetes at the centre of their care, according to a Health Select Committee report on long-term conditions.

The 131-page report, released today, highlights the need for a clear plan from the government to meet the huge challenge facing the NHS in delivering care for all people with long-term conditions.

A total of 15 million NHS patients in England with long-term conditions such as diabetes, arthritis and asthma account for 70 per cent of the annual expenditure of the NHS in England, according to the major inquiry into managing the care of people with long-term conditions.

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