Map: Wide disparities in CCG diabetes drug spending per patient revealed

Spending on diabetes treatments per patient with the condition is nearly twice as high in some CCG areas as it is in other parts of the country, analysis of NHS Digital data reveals.

The amount spent on diabetes drugs per patient who has the condition varies almost 1.7-fold across England CCG areas, from £239 spent in Northumberland CCG to £415 in Warwickshire North CCG.

The Prescribing for Diabetes 2005/6 to 2015/16 dataset shows that a total of 50m items were prescribed for diabetes over the last year, at a net ingredient cost (NIC) of £957m – equivalent to £2.6m a day. Use the interactive map below to find out more about your CCG's spending on diabetes drugs.

Map: Spending on diabetes prescriptions

Drugs used in diabetes now make up 11% of total primary care prescribing costs and 5% of prescription items, according to NHS Digital (previously HSCIC) data.

But this varies regionally, with North Tyneside CCG spending proportionally the least (7%) on diabetes and Newham CCG spending the highest, where nearly £1 in every £6 (18%) goes on diabetes drugs.

Overall costs across England more than doubled during the last decade, with costs rising £514m since 2005/6, and the number of items prescribed rising 27m over the same period. Costs increased by £88m in 2015/16 alone.

Diabetes prevalence – calculated based on QOF records – ranges from almost 4% in Richmond CCG to 10% in Bradford City. But the data make clear that there is also significant variation in the amount each CCG spends per patient with diabetes in their area.

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