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Diabetes care in Dorset

Date sent: Saturday 18 June 2016

Email sent by Wessex LMCs to all GPs and Practice Managers in Dorset, on Saturday, 18 Jun 2016

Dear Colleague

I am sure you are aware of the email traffic that relates to proposals about developing the diabetic service in Dorset.

As you know the prevalence of diabetes is increasing year on year. Currently there are over 4 million people with diabetes in the UK  (more than doubled in the last 20 years) of which 500,000 are undiagnosed. 

The annual costs of diabetes in the UK is about £10bn or 10% of the NHS budget and more than total budget for  general practice. Much of this is spent of managing the complications of diabetes.

The current model whereby the vast majority of investment occurs in secondary care but the majority of care is provided by primary care is not sustainable esp with the growing prevalence.

Dorset CCG is developing plans to reform the way diabetes care is delivered. This work has been undertaken with grassroots GPs, and consultants from each of the Hospital trusts in Dorset.  

The CCG has issued a commissioning intention and is currently working with local providers, including primary care, to develop an implementation plan.  The changing role and responsibilities of primary care providers will need to be supported through the release resources from the current model of care. 

We would encourage any local GPs who have concerns to contact the Primary Care Support Team of the CCG with any questions they may have.

The LMC is due to meet the CCG shortly to discuss this model in further detail.

Best wishes


Dr Nigel Watson

Chief Executive

Wessex LMCs

Churchill House, 122-124 Hursley Rd

Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh

Hants. SO53 1JB (Registered Office)

Tel: 02380253874

Mobile: 07825173326


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