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Health dialysis nurse educators Sandy Neale Becky Hayston with patient Kori SolomonThe government is still under pressure to do all it can over what some regard as the nation's biggest health problem - diabetes.

The rate of the illness is rising rapidly with seven per cent of New Zealanders already affected and one in five showing early signs of the chronic condition.

As Radio New Zealand's Health Correspondent, Karen Brown, has been finding out, doctors say the huge cost of diabetes could overwhelm the health system unless more is done

Image: Christchurch Nurse Educators Sandy Neale and Becky Hayston and dialysis patient, Kori Solomon