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Diabetes UK Question Time event

Diabetes UK has jointly organised a Question Time event for people interested in debating diabetes issues.

The event took place on 11 May 2011 at Portcullis House in Westminster, London, and was jointly organised by Diabetes UK, Novo Nordisk and C3 Collaborating For Health. Around 100 people were in the audience, and Twitter followers were also invited to ask questions during a live feed.

The people on the panel were:

  • Barbara Young, Chief Executive, Diabetes UK
  • Adrian Sanders MP, Chair of APPG on Diabetes, Liberal Democrat MP for Torbay
  • Valerie Vaz MP, member of Health Select Committee, Labour MP for Walsall
  • Margot James MP, Conservative MP for Stourbridge
  • Dr Brian Karet, RCGP and Diabetes UK clinical lead for diabetes

Questioning public figures

Topics raised by the invited audience included the NHS Health Bill, concerns about gaps in services and access to insulin pumps.

Diabetes UK Chief Executive, Barbara Young, said: "The Question Time event was an interactive way of giving people with diabetes the opportunity to question leading public figures, doctors and Diabetes UK about diabetes issues. The invited audience, and a whole virtual audience of people on Twitter,  had the chance to ask questions about things that concern them regarding diabetes care and treatment.

"On the panel we got to hear first-hand what issues are of real concern to the people who took part, and it was also an opportunity for people with diabetes to meet others who are campaigning on issues they care about. The feedback from the event has been positive, and Diabetes UK was pleased to have been involved."

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