Fylde MP backs Diabetes UK’s care campaign


FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has backed a call by Diabetes UK for local action on better care plans for those living with the condition.

Mr Menzies attended the launch of the charity’s State of the Nation 2015 report in Parliament this week.

The report highlighted that many people with diabetes are not getting the recommended annual checks they need to manage their condition, which is leading to record rates of complications, avoidable deaths and large costs to the NHS.

The health service spends £10bn annually on diabetes, but 80 per cent of that goes on treatment for complications such as blindness, amputations and strokes – all of which could be avoided if the person received the correct healthcare in the first place.

Mr Menzies said: “The report shows that many people with diabetes are still not getting the recommended level of healthcare. This is leading to thousands of people with the condition developing life-threatening health complications. This is not only personally devastating to those affected but is also leading to huge costs to the NHS.”

Diabetes UK is urging local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to put in place an action plan to improve healthcare for people living with diabetes and ensure people receive the support to manage their condition effectively.

Mr Menzies added: “While some areas are providing good care, action is needed so that all people with diabetes receive quality healthcare no matter where they live.”

Robin Hewings, Diabetes UK Head of Policy, said: “We are pleased to have Mark’s support on what is a very important issue. The poor state of diabetes care is fuelling a health crisis that if left unchecked threatens to bankrupt the NHS.”

The State of the Nation report can be downloaded at www.diabetes.org.uk


PICTURE: Mark Menzies MP at the Parliamentary launch of Diabetes UK’s State of the Nation 2015 report

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