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EXCLUSIVE: £1m-an-hour NHS diabetes bill skyrockets as four million Britons affected

THE diabetes crisis gripping Britain is now so severe that it is costing the NHS £10billion a year.

“Truly alarming” figures released today show that one in six people in a hospital bed has the condition. Experts say millions of Britons are not getting the help they need to manage the illness which is eating up a tenth of the NHS budget and causing complications including blindness, amputations and strokes which are blamed for 20,000 premature deaths a year. Public health chiefs say the failure to tackle the epidemic has left the NHS facing bankruptcy. The figures, showing the condition costs the NHS more than £1million an hour, were released by Diabetes UK, along with a call for action from politicians days before the election.

The charity’s chief executive Barbara Young said: “None of the political parties have made enough of a commitment to improving the often poor quality of diabetes healthcare, which is really disappointing given one in 17 people in the UK has it. “One in every six hospital beds is occupied by someone with diabetes and the fact the NHS spends 10 per cent of its budget on diabetes means it is an issue that affects everyone.
“We need urgent action – this should be a top priority for whoever forms the next Government as if left unchecked diabetes poses a real threat to the future sustainability of our health service”

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http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/574749/Diabetes-bill-rockets-to-10-billion-a-year-four-million-Britons-suffer

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