Diabetes money not being used 'effectively' says charity

Money used to treat diabetes in Wales is not always used 'effectively,' according to a new report from Diabetes UK. The charity says that the vast majority of funds are spent on treating complications that may have been preventable.

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Welsh Govt 'working to improve diabetes education'

The Welsh Government says its diabetes strategy is working to deliver better healthcare for those with the condition, as well as focusing on the need for improved education.

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “The Together for Health - Diabetes Delivery Plan, which was launched in September 2013, puts patient awareness and support at the heart of the Welsh Government’s diabetes strategy.

“A key element is the introduction of a diabetes patient management system, which will allow clinicians to deliver better healthcare for people with diabetes.

"The plan also focuses on the need for education about diabetes so patients are fully involved in their care and able to contribute to the development of their personalised care plans.

“Health boards and NHS trusts have also developed their own plans to prevent diabetes and reduce the risk of long-term diabetic complications for their populations.”

'Address diabetes issues early' to save money and lives

The Director of Diabetes UK Cymru has warned that an 'eye-watering' amount of diabetes care money "isn't being used effectively".

The Welsh NHS spends around £500 million per year on diabetes care, but the charity says that money is mostly spent on treating complications instead of preventative care.

[Our] report shows how dealing with problems early, costs could be greatly reduced and more people would live longer and healthier lives.

With such strong evidence, it is bewildering that health boards have clear plans to deliver these services and then fail to actually make them happen in practice.

Put simply, if a service is shown to improve the care provided to people with diabetes and save money, why on earth should it not be delivered universally and as quickly as possible?

– Dai Williams, Diabetes UK Cymru

Mr Williams cited improved provision of diabetes education and better foot care as two examples of good healthcare that could help prevent more long-term complications arising.

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Diabetes money 'not being used effectively' says charity

Diabetes UK says money spent on treating the condition isn't used effectively. Credit: Hugo Philpott/PA Wire

Money spent caring for people in Wales with diabetes isn't being used effectively, according to the charity Diabetes UK.

NHS Wales spends around £500million a year on diabetes care. But the charity says most of that is spent treating complications that could have been prevented through good healthcare.

The Welsh Government says its diabetes strategy is working to improve healthcare and reduce the risk of long-term complications.

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