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Campaigning in Northern Ireland

Diabetes UK Northern Ireland works with local politicians, MLAs and the Assembly structures to campaign for better services for people with diabetes.

Northern Ireland Assembly

All Party Group on Diabetes


The All Party Group was reconstituted in 2021 and we are looking forward to continuing to work with MLAs from all parties to help raise awareness about diabetes in Northern Ireland. We would like to thank MLAs who are members of the APG and welcome anyone else who would like to get involved in our work. The MLAs on the APG are:

  • Chair - Stewart Dickson MLA
  • Deputy Chair - Pat Catney MLA
  • Kellie Armstrong MLA
  • Paula Bradley MLA
  • Diane Dodds MLA
  • Cara Hunter MLA
  • Sinead McClaughlin MLA
  • Justin McNulty MLA
  • Emma Rogan MLA
  • John Stewart MLA

Diabetes is Serious

We recently launched our Diabetes is Serious report for Northern Ireland and were delighted to welcome over a third of all MLAs to our event held at Stormont. This was our first face to face event that we organised at Stormont since the beginning of the pandemic so it was great to meet with MLAs and talk about diabetes. There was a keen interest from those who attended as we discussed the issues that had been raised in our local survey. We would like to thank those who attended the event and also to those MLAs who continue to engage with us and ask the Department of Health key questions inspired by our report. Among those who attended included; Health Minister, Robin Swann MLA, First Minister Paul Givan MLA, Agriculture Minister, Edwin Poots MLA, Health Committee Chair, Colm Gildernew MLA and the Health Committee Deputy Chair, Pam Cameron MLA.

Elections: May 2022

We have produced a manifesto based on the key asks in our Diabetes is Serious report and have shared it with political representatives and colleagues in the voluntary and charity sector. 

What we are calling for: 

  • Prioritising catching up on the significant backlog of diabetes appointments caused by the coronavirus pandemic to avoid the serious consequences of missed appointments, checks, treatment, and delayed diagnoses
  • A systematic and robust method of auditing of diabetes in Northern Ireland and the infrastructure needed to support it, like the National Diabetes Audit in England and Wales
  • Recurrent and sustainable investment in the Diabetes Prevention Programme as a key means to support people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes to make changes to their health and behaviour so fewer people develop the condition each year
  • Implementation of commitments within the Mental Health Strategy to ensure that mental health interventions for people with long-term conditions like diabetes are available to those who need it
  • A plan to increase uptake of diabetes technology to everyone who can benefit from it, regardless of diabetes type
  • The development of a comprehensive workforce strategy to address service gaps which are currently adversely affecting care of people with diabetes

If you are interested join our Diabetes is serious campaign and have your say.


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