Over the past year, thousands of you have taken one of our surveys to tell us about your experiences getting the care and support you need during the pandemic.
For too many of you, getting the support you need to manage your condition has been put on hold. The NHS has worked tirelessly to protect those most at risk of serious diabetes complications, but they need support to work through this backlog.
To understand what needs to change, we want to know your experiences of diabetes care during the pandemic. This is everything from keeping well, to seeing your diabetes team over a video call, to getting the right emotional support if you’ve needed it.
As lockdown measures ease, we'll keep campaigning for the UK Government to ensure diabetes is at the front and centre of their plans over the coming months and years. Your experiences mean we can go direct to MPs, Ministers and government officials so that diabetes is a key priority for our healthcare system.
Access to care during the pandemic
Using your experiences during the pandemic, we've put together a position statement to make sure you can get the care you need. While we know healthcare services have been hugely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, this position statement advises professionals on how to prioritise patients. This is to make sure nobody suffers serious diabetes complications as the NHS stretches to provide essential coronavirus care.
We'll take your experiences and use them to produce a report, which will be released in the summer. This will tell the government in England what needs to be done to make sure you get the care and support you need.
There'll be plenty of ways for you to help us keep up the pressure on the government to take action, and your support will make sure we get a better deal for diabetes care.