MPs to tackle diabetes care

Too many patients with diabetes are developing potentially life-threatening complications because they are not receiving the straightforward care and support they need, MPs have said.

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NHS faces 'ever-increasing costs in diabetes care'

The NHS spends at least £3.9 billion a year on diabetes services and around 80% of that goes on treating avoidable complications.

The number of people with diabetes is set to rise from 3.1 million to 3.8 million between now and 2020 and unless care improves significantly the NHS will face ever-increasing costs.

– Margaret Hodge, Public Accounts Committee chair

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