Ashton-under-Lyne MP, Angela Rayner, is backing a new campaign for local action to ensure that all people with diabetes have access to the education and support they need to manage their condition well.
The charity, Diabetes UK, is launching a new campaign, Taking Control, to call for education for all people with diabetes to be commissioned everywhere, along with a proper local system that explains to people with diabetes the benefits they will gain from attending an education course and ensures that courses are well run.
At the moment for individuals newly diagnosed with diabetes, less than 1 per cent of people with Type 1 and just 3.8 per cent with Type 2 are recorded as receiving a diabetes education course.
Access to high-quality diabetes education is essential for people with diabetes as they have to manage their condition themselves on a daily basis, and may only see their healthcare professionals a few times a year.
The charity has warned that the poor delivery of diabetes education is fuelling devastating health complications for people with the condition and huge costs to the NHS.
This is because failure to manage diabetes effectively can lead to life-threatening complications such as blindness, stroke and amputations.
These complications cause personal devastation and are also extremely costly.
The NHS spends nearly £10 billion annually on diabetes, 80 per cent of which is spent on treating potentially avoidable complications.
That's why Angela Rayner MP has added her voice to Diabetes UK’s campaign, which is calling for local health leaders to invest in diabetes education courses and increase the numbers of people who attend, and to promote the benefits of diabetes education to people living with the condition.
Angela said: “Diabetes is a very serious condition that can lead to devastating complications. This is why it is crucial that all people with diabetes have access to the support and education they need to help them manage their condition well.
"This would significantly reduce their risk of health complications, resulting in a reduction in the associated costs to the already stretchedNHS both here in Ashton-under-Lyne and across the country.
“I will be talking to local NHS leaders about what can be done to help ensure everyone with diabetes in Ashton-under-Lyne gets the education and support they need to manage their condition well.
"And I have also written to the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt to demand that there are plans in place to support Clinical Commissioning Groups to invest in diabetes education courses.”
Robin Hewings, Diabetes UK Head of Policy, said: "We are pleased to have Angela Rayner MP’s support for our campaign that aims to help people with diabetes get the education they need to ‘take control’ of their condition.
"The poor provision of diabetes education is fuelling a health crisis that is leading to soaring rates of debilitating complications, premature death and huge costs to the NHS. Giving people with diabetes the support and information they need to stay healthy will save lives and money.
”The ‘Taking Control’ campaign is launching on Wednesday 11 November, ahead of World Diabetes Day on Saturday 14 November. Join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #TakingControl.
To find out more about going on an education course, speak to your GP or healthcare professional.To find out more about the Taking Control campaign and how you can take action, visit www.diabetes.org.uk/taking-control