HSE spent 8.4 million euro treating preventable conditions in Donegal

Figures released showed that the HSE has spent 8.4 million euro in Donegal over the last four years on conditions associated with Diabetes which the Diabetes's Action says are preventable.

The group says there were 282 hospital admissions for diabetic foot disease in Donegal between 2005-2009, which Diabetes Actions says, would be 70% less with proper investment.

They are calling on the HSE to create 20 podiatrist positions nationally to work with people with diabetes and provide a national screening programme.

Dr. Ronan Canavan is a Consultant specialist in this area at St. Vincent's Hospital - he says the relative small investment could save great hardship to patience and significant money:

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