Over 200 young people with diabetes are travelling across the UK to attend a special Diabetes UK lobby of Parliament on Tuesday 18th November. The event will call for MPs to improve support for in UK schools for pupils with diabetes .
The Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, Douglas Smallwood, reportedly commented: “For every child with diabetes who doesn’t receive appropriate support at school, a whole family suffers. We already know that the health and well-being of 83 per cent of children with diabetes is in jeopardy because they are not achieving recommended blood glucose levels*, and we must do everything we can to help them. Schools have a vital role to play in changing this frightening statistic – and with an estimated 2,000 children being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes every year in the UK, action must be taken now.”
Smallwood reportedly concluded: “The Government needs to ensure that pressure comes from the top down to implement existing legislation so local authorities, primary care trusts and schools can work together to have effective policies in place to support children with diabetes – and actually adhere to them. Inspections and monitoring will play a vital part in this. It is appalling that some children with diabetes are not getting the support they need to live a full school life.”

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