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Poor state of diabetes care costing lives

Avoidable deaths, huge NHS costs and record rates of complication are caused by the poor state of diabetes healthcare claim Diabetes UK.

The Charity's State of the Nation Report, shows that during  the past year, there has been very little improvement in diabetes healthcare.

Figures show that 40% of people with diabetes do not receive the checks recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to help manage their condition.

In addition, those with Type-1 diabetes receiving annual checks have dropped from 43% to 41%, despite the fact that spending on diabetes accounts for 10% of the NHS budget.

Barbara Young, Diabetes UK's Chief Executive, said: “This is not a question of spending more money. In fact, better ongoing standards of care will save money and reduce pressure on NHS resources.

“It's about people getting the checks they need at their GP surgery and giving people the support and education they need to be able to manage their own condition.

“Doing this, together with improving diabetes care in hospital, would give people with diabetes a better chance of a long and healthy life, and save the NHS a significant amount of money. We want to work with local authorities to be able to help them put good practice into place.”

The report also highlights how preventing Type 2 diabetes needs to be a greater priority to help reduce the burden of the condition on NHS resources in the future.