Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

A ROBIN and a nightin­gale paid a visit to one of our read­ers’ gar­dens.

Peter Good­win, of Church Street, Amer­sham took th­ese pic­tures of the two birds en­joy­ing his gar­den.

Do you have an eye for a sus­tain­abil­ity of our health ser­vice both lo­cally and na­tion­ally.

Although there are some ex­cel­lent ex­am­ples of good di­a­betes care both here in Buck­ing­hamshire and across the coun­try, 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.

Th­ese com­pli­ca­tions are not only per­son­ally dev­as­tat­ing for those in­volved but are also ex­tremely costly to the health ser­vice.

Di­a­betes ac­counts for 10 per cent of the en­tire NHS bud­get, cost­ing £10 bil­lion a year, and 80 per cent of this is spent on man­ag­ing po­ten­tially avoid­able com­pli­ca­tions.

With the Gen­eral Elec­tion cam­paign un­der­way, we want to let our po­lit­i­cal lead­ers know that di­a­betes is a prob­lem we sim­ply can’t af­ford to ig­nore.

This is why we are ap­peal­ing to peo­ple in Buck­ing­hamshire to add their voice to our cam­paign call­ing on politi­cians to put di­a­betes on the po­lit­i­cal agenda, both in run up to the elec­tion and through­out the next Par­lia­ment.

We are ask­ing peo­ple to help raise aware­ness of the se­ri­ous­ness of di­a­betes with any of their lo­cal can­di­dates they come into con­tact with. good pho­to­graph? Would you like to see your work in this col­umn? Send a high-res­o­lu­tion JPEG file of a favourite snap to us via email at buck­snews@ trin­i­tysouth.co.uk.

Please in­clude your name, ad­dress and phone num­ber and a brief de­scrip­tion of the scene.

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.

JILL STEATON Di­a­betes UK Manager

South East Re­gion

buck­snews@ trin­i­tysouth.co.uk ONL



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