Diabetes UK is calling on MPs to put diabetes at the top of their political agenda. Research reveals that the number of people with diabetes in constituencies is larger than the size of the current majority in a third of parliamentary constituencies in England.
Diabetes UK analysed figures from the Yorkshire and Humber Public Health Observatory which show that politicians in England should address the needs of people with diabetes because they form a significant and powerful proportion of voters.
Diabetes UK is launching ‘Make Diabetes A Priority’, a list of ten concerns that policy-makers should address including identifying diabetes early, ensuring children with diabetes have a future, preventing life threatening complications, supporting self-management and improving emergency and inpatient care.
Donna Castle, Campaigns Manager at Diabetes UK, said: “We are calling on politicians and public representatives, from the Prime Minister to local councillors, to work with Diabetes UK to make diabetes a national priority.
“While some of Diabetes UK’s key demands relate to areas devolved to local health organisations, we believe the government and politicians have a critical role in determining what is a priority within the NHS and in framing the terms of legislation and the NHS constitution.
“An already over-burdened NHS spends £1 million an hour on diabetes. Diabetes UK is eager to work with policy-makers on fundamental objectives such as preventing diabetes-related complications and supporting self-management to ensure that every person with diabetes has high quality care they deserve and the same life expectancy as someone without diabetes.”