Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Advice for people with diabetes and their families

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Coronavirus – influencing the government

People with diabetes must be protected and supported during the coronavirus pandemic.

As we learn more about coronavirus and the risks to people with different conditions, ethnicities, ages and circumstances, it’s vital that guidance and support for people with diabetes is clear, consistent and specific to the needs of the individual. 

Throughout the pandemic, we have pushed the UK government to do more to keep people with diabetes out of harm's way. We've run a petition, which thousands of you signed, and written to the Business Secretary. 

Thanks to our campaigning work, many more people with diabetes at higher risk from coronavirus were added to the shielding list in England. This is because the UK government has adopted a new approach to predict the risk a person has from becoming seriously unwell from coronavirus. 

We'll keep pushing for government to do more. By hearing what more needs to be done to keep people with diabetes safe in the pandemic, we can go direct to MPs, ministers and government officials to keep up the pressure for better protections at work.

Another concern that's coming across loud and clear is that you urgently need to know what to expect with your diabetes care in the months ahead. As a result, we're urging the NHS to give you an update on what the plan is in your area.

We'll continue to work closely with the NHS on this, and on all of the other areas of diabetes care that continue to be important.

Pushing hard about your concerns

Since the start of lockdown we’ve been calling for: 

  1. People with diabetes to be kept safe at work
  2. People to have access to food and priority deliveries  
  3. Clearer advice, access to support and better protections for people with diabetes

We’ve written to government ministers, attended roundtables, spoken to members of parliaments and assembly members, shared your questions with the key policy decision makers around the UK, contacted supermarkets and worked with other charities to raise awareness of the issues you face both with governments and through the media. 
 
And we’re not easing up. We know that, as lockdown measures change, people with diabetes need more support and information on the best ways to keep safe.  

We want to campaign with and alongside you on the most important issues – together, we can tell the government and decision makers what you need to stay protected and supported at this time. 

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