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Variations in PCT spending create postcode lottery

By Gareth Iacobucci

A King's Fund report has claimed there is a postcode lottery in NHS spending, with huge variations in spending, including the prescribing of life-prolonging cancer drugs.

It warns the situation applies across the board, with some of the starkest examples including Islington PCT spending £322 per head on mental health, compared with £114 by East Riding PCT; and Knowsley PCT spending £118 per head on cancer care, compared with Ealing PCT's £47.

Separate research by Diabetes UK this week claims vast discrepancies in PCTs targeting of Type 2 diabetes have left more than 500,000 patients undiagnosed, with one in three PCTS having no strategy for preventing the illness.

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