1m an hour 'lottery' of NHS diabetes care: Thousands face complications including blindness, strokes and even death because of 'shocking' variations in treatmentFailures are leading to premature deaths according to Parliamentary groupAlmost half of sufferers not getting nine recommended annual checks By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 01:31 GMT, 20 March 2013 | UPDATED: 11:21 GMT, 20 March 2013 Thousands of people with diabetes are being failed by ‘shocking variations’ in NHS treatment, warn MPs.
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90% of hospitals fail to check on nurses' English before letting them work on wardsLanguage problems only come to light when patients' requests are not understood Fewer than one in ten hospitals check whether nurses from Europe can adequately speak English before letting them work on wards, it has emerged. Language problems often only come to light when patients find that their requests for more pain relief or different food are not understood, according to an NHS watchdog. Many hospital chiefs are totally unaware that due to strict anti-discrimination rules imposed by Brussels, it is illegal for the Nursing and Midwifery Council regulator to check the English language skills of nurses trained in EU countries.
Improving diabetes care could save 24,000 lives EVERY YEAR Women with diabetes are nine times more likely to die young than those without the conditionNearly 300,000 people in the UK have Type 1 diabetes, while more than 3million are though to have Type 2 A woman with Type 1 diabetes has an insulin jab: An estimated 70,000 to 75,000 people with diabetes die in England every year and most are related to the condition Up to 24,000 people with diabetes are dying unnecessarily every year, according to a new report. Most deaths could be avoided if they received better NHS care and if their condition was better managed, it said