Majority of NHS diabetes spend "avoidable"

Thursday 26th April 2012
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The NHS has been criticised for being "wasteful" with its spending on treating diabetes, according to a new report.

Published in the Diabetic Medicine journal, the health authority was criticised for using 80 per cent of its annual £9.8 billion diabetes budget on treating complications, which it claimed to be "avoidable".

According to NHS figures, 2.8 million people across the UK are affected by the condition and need to receive insulin treatment on a regular basis, but experts believe that costs could spiral out of control in the coming years.

The report predicted that by 2035 diabetes will cost the NHS £16.8 billion a year, accounting for 17 per cent of the health authority's entire budget, putting a major strain on the services' finances.

Baroness Barbara Young, from Diabetes UK, said: "The report shows that without urgent action, the already huge sums of money spent on treating diabetes will rise to unsustainable levels that threaten to bankrupt the NHS."

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