Dr Fosters Hospital Review – Diabetes and Emergency Admissions on the Rise
As a health and social care consultant to the NHS and private medical sector, we take a lot of interest in the annual hospital review carried out and published by Dr Foster Intelligence.
The review pits hospitals and commissioning bodies against one another in an annual review which looks at levels of care, types and volume of admissions and what health factors are having the greatest impact on care services.
The 2013 review which was published in December shows that there has been a massive rise in the percentage of emergency diabetes admissions. Richard Nicholson, Managing Director of Veritas says, “With little or no other obvious cause, this increase must be attributable to lifestyle choices”. He continues, “The Government must focus their priorities on educating children, young people and parents on the benefits of healthy eating and exercise, whilst also working with food suppliers to cut down the amount of salt and unhealthy fats in our foods”. He concludes “until more investment and education is pumped in to the root cause of the issue, it is difficult to see a time when this particular trend will change”.
The other stand out fact in the 2013 review is the rise in avoidable emergency admissions. This comes at a time when NHS Trusts face continual budget pressures. On this point Richard says, “This rise in admissions is completely unsustainable as it is affecting the one part of the NHS which is under relentless pressure on a seemingly continual basis. With winter upon us, one has to question whether we are facing a perfect storm in A & E?”. He adds, “A root cause analysis should be conducted as soon as possible and recommendations for remedial action submitted to the Department of Health, so plans can be put into place sooner than later. Fingers crossed the service can cope through its busiest period in 2013/14 but a solution needs to be found which halts this long term increase”.