LETTER - ‘We cannot ignore diabetes’

Reader Letters from the Diss Express, dissexpress.co.uk, @diss_express on Twitter

Reader Letters from the Diss Express, dissexpress.co.uk, @diss_express on Twitter

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Diabetes, one of the biggest health threats facing the UK, has a staggering 3.8 million people living with it and an increasing number being diagnosed posing a real threat to the sustainability of our health service both locally and nationally.

Although Norfolk and across the country have some excellent examples of good diabetes care, there are still too many people with diabetes who are not getting the care or support they need to manage their condition well.

Poor care is fuelling soaring rates of life-threatening diabetes-related complications such as blindness, amputations and strokes, all complications that are not only personally devastating, but extremely costly to the health service.

Diabetes accounts for ten per cent of the entire NHS budget, that’s £10 billion a year with 80 per cent being spent on managing potentially avoidable complications.

With the General Election campaign underway we want our political leaders to understand that diabetes is a problem we cannot afford to ignore.

We are appealing to people in Norfolk to add their voice to our campaign to put diabetes on the political agenda, both in run up and throughout the next parliament.

We are asking to help raise awareness of the seriousness of diabetes with any of their local candidates they come into contact with. By putting diabetes on the national agenda, we can ensure that lives are saved and costs to the NHS greatly reduced.

To find out how you can get involved and to download Diabetes UK’s General Election 2015 Campaign Pack go to: http://bit.ly/1BvE9or

Sharon Roberts

Diabetes UK

Eastern Regional

Manager