Diabetes reminder plan ‘over the top’

THE RACGP has criticised a new reminder system for annual screening of women with a history of gestational diabetes as onerous and lacking evidence to support it.

The National Gestational Diabetes Register, which came into operation on 1 July, will send a letter to GPs notifying them if their patients have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM).

GPs will also be sent a reminder 12–16 weeks after the patient gives birth that it is time  to have a glucose tolerance test (GTT), and then an annual letter reminding the GP to do an annual diabetes screen.

Dr Evan Ackermann, chair of the RACGP’s national standing committee on quality care, said the scheme’s recommended ­follow-up for screening patients was “over the top”.

“The evidence is for doing fasting blood glucose every three years, and it’s these emails that they have got coming to people, saying you have a GTT within