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Approximately 5.6 per cent of the adult population in Ireland, or 190,000 people, have diabetes with Type 2 diabetes accounting for over 85 per cent of these cases.
It is estimated that 35,000 of Type 2 diabetes cases remain un-diagnosed.
The new service starts this Thursday at participating GP clinics, and allows qualifying adult patients with Type 2 Diabetes to have their condition reviewed thoroughly twice a year. It’s estimated that around 70,000 patients with Type 2 Diabetes will be eligible.
“This is a major step forward in expanding the scope of general practice into chronic disease management,” said Minister Varadkar.
“It allows patients with Type 2 Diabetes to be managed in the community, by their own GP and practice nurse they know, rather than in a hospital clinic where they might have to queue for hours to see a different doctor each time.
“This is better for patients and it also frees up hospital resources for more complex cases. I hope that the Diabetes Cycle of Care service will be used as a model for more chronic diseases to be looked after in the community, including COPD, asthma and heart failure.”
Minister Lynch said “through the Diabetes Cycle of Care we are encouraging and facilitating people to play a greater role in managing their illness.”