MP in diabetes healthcare plea

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has shown his support for children with Type 1 diabetes by backing a call by Diabetes UK for improved healthcare for children and young people living with the condition.

Mr Menzies attended Diabetes UK’s parliamentary reception, held to help launch the charity’s Type 1 Essentials campaign, which highlights the vital care and support every child living with Type 1 diabetes needs.

The charity says too many children with the condition are not getting the essential checks and services they need to manage their condition.

This is reflected in the fact that 85 per cent of children with Type 1 diabetes have poor blood glucose control which puts them at increased risk of devastating health complications later in life including blindness, amputations and strokes.

As part of the campaign the charity is calling on NHS leaders and commissioners to commit to ensuring the correct resources are in place so children and young people living with Type 1 diabetes have access to appropriate healthcare.

The charity has also produced a guide which sets out the 10 things every child with Type 1 diabetes should receive.

During the event at the Houses of Parliament, children  and young people with diabetes and their families directly appealed to MPs and ministers to commit to improving diabetes services and care for children.

And Mr Menzies said: “It is essential children and young people with Type 1 diabetes in Fylde and across the country get the support and care they need to manage their condition. This is because if diabetes is not managed well in early life it can lead to devastating complications later in life.

“That is why I’m backing Diabetes UK’s Type 1 Essentials campaign and I will be working with health leaders in Fylde to ensure children and  young people with the condition are getting the recommended care, services and support they are entitled to.”

Bridget Turner, Diabetes UK director of policy and care improvement, added: “We’re pleased to have Mr Menzies’ support on what is a very important issue. Type 1 diabetes is a very serious condition which requires a lifetime of management and yet many children are not getting the support they need.

“We need to make sure everyone – parents, parliamentarians and health leaders, are aware of the care every child and young person with Type 1 diabetes is entitled to. This is why we’ve launched our Type 1 essentials for children and young people guide, which sets out what good diabetes care looks like.”

Diabetes UK’s a Type 1 essentials for children and young people guide can be found at: http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Get_involved/Campaigning/Type-1-essentials/What-are-the-Type-1-essentials/

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