- Assessments are necessary to ensure that patients are controlling their disease
- Analysis indicates 7.4m fewer checks in GPs from March-December 2020
- Older people from disadvantaged areas most likely to be missed, medical record shows
- Before the pandemic, 80% of consultations were face-to-face but now it is only 58%
A study shows that doctors performed 7.4 million fewer diabetes screenings last year, putting patients at increased risk of heart attacks and amputations.
Researchers warn that if surgery fails to improve access to face-to-face care, delays with potentially fatal consequences will continue.
Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence state that type 2 diabetics should get tested annually. These include blood pressure and weight, urine tests for protein, and blood tests for cholesterol, kidney function and sugar levels.
Assessments are essential to ensure that patients are controlling their disease and do not run the risk of long-term complications.
But an analysis by doctors at the University of Manchester indicates that between March and December 2020, there were 7.4 million fewer checks than usual in general practices. According to a review of medical records of 618,161, older people from disadvantaged areas were most likely to be missed. Type 2 diabetes patients.
The researchers also estimated that 31,800 fewer people with type 2 were given a new type of diabetes medicine and 14,600 fewer people were given a new type of blood pressure medicine.
A study shows doctors performed 7.4 million fewer diabetes screenings last year, putting patients at increased risk of heart attacks and amputations (file photo)
Experts say this ‘almost certainly’ means that a large number were left with poorly controlled diabetes and high blood pressure.
The Granthshala is campaigning for more GP appointments in person now that the legal COVID restrictions have been lifted.
Before the pandemic, 80 per cent of consultations were face-to-face but now it is only 58 per cent.
Study leader Dr Matthew Carr said: ‘Health screenings for people with type 2 diabetes are generally performed in general practice and – because face-to-face appointments have not yet returned to pre-Covid levels – delays continue. likely to live. ‘
Writing in the BMJ Quality and Safety journal, Dr Carr and colleagues said: ‘The impact of the pandemic on the NHS, and in particular on diabetes services, is enormous, with the suspension of much routine care.
‘As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, there is an urgent need to minimize losses through reductions in routine services and to prioritize care and resources in areas of greatest need.
Granthshala campaigns for more GP appointments in person, now legal COVID restrictions lifted
‘Management of type 2 diabetes occurs almost exclusively in primary care.
‘Therefore, low attendance at general practice due to COVID-19 will limit the ability to perform these essential health checks.’
In April 2020, diabetes screening in England fell between 76 and 88 percent, compared to the ten-year trend. These rates recovered from May to December 2020 but remained ‘far below’ expected levels.
Diabetes UK’s Nikki Joule described the findings as ‘incredibly concerning’.
Martin Marshall, President of the Royal College of GPs, said: ‘According to government guidance, patients with type 2 diabetes were classified according to their level of risk, so those at high risk, including those who were recently diagnosed and those with Glucose were poor, priority was given to patients whose condition is being effectively controlled and managed.
The professor said it was also likely that fewer diabetic patients had to see their GP in person due to the lockdown and virus scare.
Before the pandemic, 80 per cent consultations were face-to-face but now it is only 58 per cent (file photo)