More diabetes nurses and extra spending on specialist care for the disease is needed to cut the estimated £600 million overspend on treating the condition in hospitals, a new report says.
Research conducted by NHS Diabetes found that the NHS in England spends in excess of £2.3 billion a year on inpatient care for people with the disease, which is £600 million over what experts say should be being spent on it.
People who are admitted to hospital with diabetes cost the NHS more money the longer they are kept in. But the report says that there is evidence to suggest that the treatment of people with diabetes by non specialist nurses is often poor.
Nurses who do specialise in treating the condition have been proven to shorten the length of stay for people who are admitted with the disease. Therefore the report entitled Inpatient Care for People with Diabetes - The Economic Case for Change - argues that investing in specialist diabetes nurses makes clear financial sense.
Anna Morton, director of NHS Diabetes, said: “If people with diabetes are admitted to hospital, care from diabetes specialist nurses reduces problems and shortens lengths of stay. Unnecessary hospital admissions and lengths of stay do not only increase costs, more importantly they cause great distress for patients.”