Health Minister, Michelle O'Neill MLA, launches the Diabetes Strategic Framework and Diabetes UK Northern Ireland National Director, Dr David Chaney, got to meet with the Minister at Stormont (both pictured above).
There is plenty of work ahead to ensure that the voice of the person living with diabetes is at the centre of diabetes care planning and outcomes in the Health Service.
Responding to the launch, Dr Chaney said, ‘The Diabetes Strategic Framework has the potential to drive positive change in the future of diabetes care in Northern Ireland.
"With 100,000 people living with the condition in Northern Ireland, including the estimated 12,000 people living with Type 2 diabetes who have not yet been diagnosed, we cannot afford to ignore the magnitude of the diabetes impact.
"This impact is not only felt by the individual living with the condition but the Health Service at large which spends over £1 million a day trying to manage diabetes in Northern Ireland.
"The Diabetes Strategic Framework reinforces the importance of collaboration and being patient-centred so that the best outcomes can be achieved for all.’
If you would like to have your say in the future of diabetes care in Northern Ireland then apply to be a Diabetes Care Improvement Volunteer.
(Left to right) Northern Ireland's First Minister, Arlene Foster MLA, is joined by Diabetes UK Northern Ireland National Director, Dr David Chaney, Vascular Surgeon, Mr Bernard Lee and Consultant, Dr Hamish Courtney at the launch of the State of the Nation NI on World Diabetes Day in Stormont.