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NHS could save £170m by improving diabetes care, estimates watchdog

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3668 (Published 23 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3668
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

NHS diabetes services are not delivering value for money because patients are not getting regular checks and treatment to control their condition and are ending up in hospital as a result, says a report by the National Audit Office.

The report estimates that the NHS in England could save £170m (€210m; $270m) a year if patients received basic assessments and follow-up care to control their diabetes and to help prevent complications.1

Programme budgeting data from the Department of Health indicate that in 2009-10 the NHS spent £1.3bn on care of patients with diabetes, up from £0.9bn in 2006-7. But David Moon, director of health value for money studies at the National Audit Office, pointed out that this was a substantial underestimate and that the true cost was likely now to be at least £3.9bn.

“We estimate that by managing patients better and potentially preventing readmissions the NHS could save at …

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