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Coronavirus – influencing government

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we were influencing government to do more to keep people with diabetes out of harm's way.

Since the start of the pandemic, we have been calling on the UK government to ensure that guidance and support for people with diabetes is clear, consistent and specific to the needs of the individual.

From the start of the pandemic, we called for:

  • Clearer advice so people with diabetes are kept safe at work
  • People to have access to food and priority deliveries  
  • Better access to care and support for people with diabetes.

We wrote to government ministers, attended roundtables, spoke 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.

Thanks to pressure from various groups, including through our campaigning work, many more people with diabetes at higher risk from coronavirus were added to the shielding list in England before the programme ended in 2021

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