Group calls for health leaders to explain data
HEALTH watchdogs have called for clarification over figures showing diabetic care in Stoke-on-Trent is among the worst in the UK.
The National Audit Office (NAO) statistics put the city fourth from bottom in a league table of all 150 primary care trusts for the services it provides to help sufferers keep the disease under control.
It found between 70 and 80 per cent of the estimated 16,000 Potteries patients were at a bigger risk of complications because they were not receiving the full range of annual basic health checks.
But the city's clinical group (CCG), about to replace the PCT, responded by calling the data 'misleading' as the inquiry had looked at different criteria than those used by GP practices.
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It argued that other indicators showed performance was the best in the West Midlands.
Now the city's Local Involvement Network (LINk) has demanded clarification from the CCG.
In a letter to CCG chairman Dr Andrew Bartlam, LINk official Dr John Sneddon said: "We have requested a copy of the criteria used by the NAO. Why was that used by your PCT adopted and how many other trusts use identical criteria?"