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.
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We’re urging the government to do more to keep people who are at high risk of becoming seriously ill from coronavirus safe at work.
The UK government have now responded to our joint petition, already signed by thousands of you, calling for the furlough scheme to be extended for people at high risk. But, disappointingly they won't commit to providing more support to keep them safe. So we won't be stopping here. We'll continue fighting your corner for better protections at work, so no one with diabetes has to choose between their job and their health.
Will you stand with us and sign our petition?
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:
- People with diabetes to be kept safe at work
- People to have access to food and priority deliveries
- 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.
Help us by emailing your parliamentary representative for stronger protections for all vulnerable people at work.