There are over 4.2 million people living with diabetes in England, many of whom have faced severe disruption to their care during the coronavirus pandemic. We understand the NHS has been working tirelessly throughout, and we need the Government to take action to support our health system in these uncertain times.
Our most recent survey showed that a third of people with diabetes have not had any contact with their diabetes teams during the pandemic, and a similar number are waiting on cancelled appointments to be rescheduled. This, on top of the stresses of the pandemic, has meant that 45% of people with diabetes have had difficulties managing their condition, and 35% of people with diabetes have experienced poor mental health because of their diabetes.
We’re calling on Sajid Javid, the new Health Secretary to make sure that diabetes is a priority for the Government as we build back from the pandemic. That means:
- Urgent prioritisation of diabetes care and prevention as a central part of Government’s response to the pandemic
- Ring-fenced funding for local health commissioners to improve the use of diabetes tech in their areas
- Commitment to include people with diabetes in plans to improve the country’s mental health after the pandemic
- Funding and development of the NHS’s workforce, so that there are more staff who can provide high-quality diabetes-specific care, and
- Further investment in services to prevent people from developing type 2 diabetes
Add your name today and let’s make sure the Government understands that diabetes is serious.