The NHS in Cornwall spends double as it used to spend five years ago on diabetes

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According to the charity Diabetes UK, diabetes is one of the biggest health crises. The health service allocated about 1 billion Euros to drugs and devices to deal with the disease.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body can’t produce insulin and does or does not properly use it. NHS Digital data indicated that Kernow CCG got about 10.3 million Euros on prescribing drugs for the year (2018-2019) this was an average of 587 Euros for each diabetic person. The cost is up from 285 Euros in (2013-2014).

However, across England, the average amount spent on diabetic patients was about 328 Euros last year. However, the cost of treating diabetes varies across the country depending on various factors according to Nikki Joule who is a Diabetes UK policy manager. The problems is, in those areas that spend less on diabetes, most patients don’t have effective medication or the finances to afford it.

According to Nikki Joule, it is important that those drugs being prescribed to patients be reviewed daily as a means of helping reduce waste and ensure the most effective therapy.

The NHS bill for treating diabetes has gone up for the last five years from 800 million in 2013-2014 to about 1.1 billion Euros in 2018-2019. Ms. Joule noted that one of the major factors that have increased expenditure is many people having diabetes.

She further stated that the number of people with diabetes has doubled for the last 20 years, and this has led to an increase in the cost of prescriptions making the NHS increase as well.

The NHS bill has also increased because of the cost of managing diabetes complications such as kidney disease and cardiovascular.

However, the government should not reduce the money spent on diabetes but it should ensure that all patients gain access to medications, technologies, and health services that people need to manage diabetes.

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