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The Prime Minister David Cameron has responded to Diabetes UK’sState of the Nation(PDF, 541KB) report by saying that there is “enormous potential” for the Government to make a difference to diabetes healthcare.

David Cameron said he would read the report which has highlighted failings in the delivery of diabetes healthcare.

The Prime Minister made his statement about the report in response to a question from Adrian Sanders MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes, during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday.

David Cameron said: “I will certainly look at this report, because of all the health care conditions diabetes is one of the ones where, if we act on it fast, we could have a huge knock-on effect on the NHS.“If we look at the costs of things such as amputations and other treatments because people are getting diabetes, we see that we could make an enormous impact. The hon. Gentleman raises the issue of people being able to self-regulate. An enormous amount of exciting new technology is coming forward on diabetes, and I want to make sure that that technology is rapidly adopted by the NHS.”Robin Hewings, Diabetes UK Head of Policy, said: “We are delighted to have the Prime Minister’s support on what is a very important issue. As our report makes clear many people with diabetes are struggling to get the care and support they need, which is leading to record rates of life threatening complications and huge costs to the NHS.“But by redesigning the way diabetes care is delivered so that people with the condition are able to effectively self-manage, as well greater focus on Type 2 prevention, we can reduce costs and the burden on the NHS. This is why we are calling on the Prime Minister to act on the findings in the report so that all people with diabetes get the quality healthcare they deserve.”Diabetes UK’s annual State of the Nation report shows there has been very little overall improvement in diabetes healthcare in the past year, with 40 per cent of people with diabetes still not getting the National Institute for Care and Health Excellence (NICE) recommended annual checks that they need to manage their condition.

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