State inaction 'sees one diabetic go blind a week'

One person with diabetes is going blind each week due to the failure to roll out an eye-screening programme first announced in 2010, Diabetes Action has said.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
21st April, 2012

One person with diabetes is going blind each week due to the failure to roll out an eye-screening programme first announced in 2010, Diabetes Action has said.

Eighteen months after the HSE announced funding for a €4 million national eye-screening programme to identify sight-threatening diabetic retinopathy (DR), the advocacy group has hit out at the lack of progress. Last summer, the Department of Health said the screening programme was likely to be operational at some point...

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