A Stockport campaigner has met with Andrew Gwynne MP to call on him to back Diabetes UK’s call for local action to tackle the poor state of diabetes healthcare, which is fuelling a major health crisis.
Ashley Spires, 22, who has Type 1 diabetes, travelled to Westminster to meet Mr Gwynne as part of a lobbying event organised by Diabetes UK to launch its State of the Nation 2015 report.
The report revealed that the poor state of diabetes healthcare in England is fuelling a major health crisis that is leading to record rates of complications, avoidable deaths and huge costs to the NHS. Ashley is urging Andrew Gwynne to write to the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt to ask how he plans to address the poor state of diabetes care and ensure that everyone with the condition has access to good quality care.
Diabetes UK is also calling on clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to put in place an action plan to improve healthcare for people living with diabetes in their communities and ensure people are supported to manage their condition effectively.
Ashley Spires said:
“I was delighted to meet with Andrew as it gave me the chance to raise my concerns about diabetes healthcare.
“Many people with diabetes are still not getting the recommended level of healthcare. This is leading to thousands of people with diabetes developing life threatening health complications such as blindness and amputations.
“This is why I have directly appealed to Mr Gwynne to help ensure that everyone with diabetes in Stockport gets the good quality healthcare that they need.”
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“It was really good to meet with Ashley to hear about his concerns about the delivery of diabetes care. Ashley made clear that the poor state of diabetes care is not only personally devastating for all those involved but is also leading to huge costs to the health service.
“The NHS is spending 10 billion a year on diabetes but this money is not being used effectively, which is clearly providing poor value for money for the taxpayer. I will be writing to the Health Secretary to urge him to set out how he intends to improve diabetes care. ”
Robin Hewings, Diabetes UK Head of Policy, said:
“We are pleased that Ashley Spires has come to London to make the case to Andrew Gwynne MP that the level of diabetes care needs to improve. We would like to thank Ashley and Andrew for their support.
“The poor state of diabetes care is fuelling a health crisis that if left unchecked threatens to bankrupt the NHS. Ten per cent of the NHS budget is spent on diabetes, but about 80 per cent of that is spent treating complications such as blindness, amputation and stroke, and not enough being invested in good healthcare which could avoid these complications in the first place. Our State of the Nation report shows that with better integrated services and support to enable people to self-manage their condition, the NHS can save lives and money.
“This is why we are calling for local clinical commissioning groups to implement these measures as a matter of urgency. With the right support in place, people with diabetes can lead long, healthy lives. With the right support in place, people with diabetes can lead long, healthy lives.”
The State of the Nation report can be downloaded at www.diabetes.org.uk.
Diabetes UK has produced its 15 Healthcare Essentials, which sets out the quality of care people with diabetes are entitled to. It is available at www.diabetes.org.uk/15-essentials
Takeda UK Ltd has financially supported the production of the State of the Nation report; it has had no input into its development or content.