Statistics released by Diabetes UK have highlighted the shocking number of mistakes experienced by diabetes inpatients in hospitals in the UK last year.

More than 250,000 patients are reported to have suffered the effects of medication errors in the twelvemonth period, with almost 10,000 of those producing life-threatening results when the patient’s low blood sugar caused them to fall into a coma, according to the news as widely reported yesterday. The cause of this appalling statistic has been linked to poor management of the patient’s insulin levels by inexperienced staff.

Diabetes UK has called for the NHS to invest in specialist diabetes nurses to try to combat these problems but, according to a report in The Independent yesterday, many hospitals still do not have this specialist staffing.

The number of diabetes patients requiring hospital support is expected to continue rising over the coming years.

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