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Diabetes UK has responded to a report by MPs that has called for the NHS system to change to support care planning for long-term conditions.

The report, by the House of Commons Health Committee, has concluded that cost pressures on the NHS from patients with long-term conditions, including diabetes, is only likely to increase in the coming years.

Bridget Turner, Director of Policy and Care Improvement for Diabetes UK, said: "This report highlights the need for a clear plan from the Government to meet the huge challenge facing the NHS in delivering care for all people with long term conditions.

"As the report makes clear, the health system needs to change to put people with long term conditions, including diabetes, at the centre of the care they receive. Many people have more than one condition and there are similarities in the principles of good care across different long term conditions.

"There are also big differences between each condition so it is vital that the specific needs to each condition are not lost.

"This is why it is essential that the 3.8 million people with diabetes know what care to expect and how to manage their condition as well as other co-morbidities if they have them. Key to this is effective care planning where people with diabetes work with their healthcare team to jointly agree priorities and ensure their health needs are met effectively.

"Services for people with long term health conditions also need to be delivered in a joined up way from GP surgery to hospitals rather than there being barriers between them.  With the numbers of people with long term conditions growing at an alarming rate it is essential that the Government and NHS England implement a strategy that will deliver this.

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