Diabetes posts for Waterford need to be delivered urgently – Cullinane
Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane has called on the HSE to expedite diabetes posts promised for Waterford under the 2016 HSE Service Plan. 36 posts were sanctioned nationally to support the implementation of the Type 2 Diabetes Cycle of Care initiative which commenced in October 2015.
These posts are a mixture of Community based Diabetes Nurse Specialists, Senior Dietitians and Senior Podiatrists. 3 of these posts (1 of each) were sanctioned to support the diabetes community in Waterford.
Speaking today, Deputy Cullinane said:
“Diabetes Ireland are extremely concerned that these posts will not be filled this year and people in Waterford with diabetes will not get the care they deserve. In Waterford, it is estimated there are 5,917 people with diabetes and 4,556 of these are not achieving an appropriate HbA1c (average 3 month mean blood glucose level of 6.5%). It is in the best interests of the long term health of these people that all sanctioned posts are delivered and delivered quickly.
“Diabetes Ireland also claim that as a direct result of these posts not yet filled, GPs delivering the Cycle of Care initiative in your Waterford cannot refer high risk patients to the more specialised services such as podiatry and dietetics and this will continue to place patients at increased risk of developing problems requiring in/outpatient hospitalisation which is negating against the aims of the initiative and the HSE policy to move Type 2 diabetes care into the community.
“To date, there are almost 80,000 patients in the state with Type 2 diabetes have registered for the initiative and approximately 90% of GPs have signed up to support implementation of the initiative which involves 2 diabetes reviews per year for eligible patients. I am calling on the HSE to expedite the deliver y of these posts.”