GPs and Diabetes UK have voiced concern over the potential loss of local diabetes education programmes.
Surgeries could be forced to run costly in-house services due to funding cuts to programmes for patients.
NICE’s Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) advisory committee recently approved an indicator for a scheme where GPs send new diabetes patients to a structured education programme, such as Desmond or Dafne.
However, during pilots of the indicator, 40% of practices were forced to provide in-house education because the local services were unavailable.
Diabetes UK said it has “huge concerns” that NHS budget cuts could leave patients without access to local diabetes education schemes.