Published: 13/06/2002, Volume II2, No.5809 Page 8

The NHS is 'failing' in its attempts to reduce the number of people with diabetes and to educate people with the condition, according to charity Diabetes UK.A survey commissioned by the charity showed that people with diabetes and those most at risk from it knew little about the condition or associated health problems. Fewer than one in five people with diabetes knew it could cause heart disease despite being up to five times more likely than those without the condition to suffer from it, the survey found.Diabetes UK chief executive Paul Streets said people were being hospitalised and dying unnecessarily because their diabetes was not being effectively controlled.