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£2.2 million a day is spent on diabetes drugs in primary care


Diabetes UK has today responded to a Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) report that has found that £2.2 million a day is spent on diabetes drugs in primary care. 

This is a 5.1 per cent increase from £764.1 million in 2012-13 to £803.1 million in 2013-14.

Simon O’Neill, Director of Health Intelligence and Professional Liaison at Diabetes UK: “This report reflects the growing scale of diabetes and the fact that the condition is leading to huge costs to the NHS.  The dramatic increase in cases of Type 2 diabetes which we have seen in current years is a huge factor in this spending which overall costs the NHS £10 billion a year. So if the Government wants to reduce this enormous cost – and we can’t understand why it wouldn’t – we need to see it intervening to ensure that the rise of cases is stemmed. One way of doing this is through the already established, but poorly implemented, NHS Health Check programme which has the potential to identify people at high risk of Type 2 diabetes and give them the vital support they need to reduce their risk of developing the condition.

 “We must remember that medication such as insulin is an essential treatment for people with diabetes to enable them to effectively manage their condition, reduce their risk of devastating complications and ultimately stay alive.” 


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