Professor David Simmons had this to say about the situation with diabetes in Aotearoa New Zealand, as reported in this article in Otago Daily Times. "When people say, 'It's going to get worse', it's already got worse''. Professor Simmons, is an international diabetes expert who has, with his team, been responsible for undertaking analysis of the extensive dataset left after closure of the DCSS Audit, which was carried out by Diabetes Foundation Aotearoa until 2018. The audit involved Auckland GP clinic's being given feedback in regards the care they provided to patients and outcomes for the patients.
Professor Simmons went on to say "We are now in the middle of the epidemic. On the wards it's a third of the patients. In some wards it would be more than a third. This is a huge number.''
This situation is a contributing factor to Diabetes Foundation Aotearoa putting together it's first South Auckland summit in Waipuna Lodge.