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General Election 2019

Posted on 03 December 2019

What will your local candidate do for type 1 diabetes in the General Election?

JDRF is calling on parliamentary candidates to give a fairer future to people with type 1 diabetes. Here’s what you can do:

  • Visit whocanivotefor.co.uk to find the candidates for your area
  • When you meet a candidate ask them about their policies for type 1 diabetes. You could attend local hustings to engage them. Encourage them to support JDRF’s manifesto below:

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JDRF’s 2019 General Election Manifesto

Who we are

JDRF is the leading global organisation funding type 1 diabetes research. Our mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat type 1 diabetes and its complications. We collaborate with the most talented minds to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with type 1 diabetes. Our staff and volunteers around the globe are dedicated to campaigning for our vision of a world without type 1 diabetes.

JDRF’s calls

We’re calling for candidates to make type 1 diabetes a priority in the next parliament. We want to:

1. Ensure that the UK is a place where type 1 diabetes research can continue to flourish whatever the Brexit outcome

Research has led to big improvements in how type 1 diabetes is treated but there’s still a long way to go. Researchers need opportunities for collaboration and access to large scale funding opportunities such as Horizon 2020. The UK’s involvement in its successor, Horizon Europe, is still being negotiated.

2. Improve access to treatments and technology for people with type 1 diabetes

Life-changing technology is available to help people manage this condition.  Access to such technology depends on where a person lives.  We are calling for an end to this ‘postcode lottery’. Everyone with type 1 diabetes should have access to the treatment and technology that they want and need, along with education to ensure they get the best out of their devices.

3. Increase diabetes technology training for healthcare professionals and ensure they have the time they need to spend with people with type 1 diabetes at appointments.

We know from people with type 1 diabetes that they need more time with their healthcare professionals at appointments.  In addition, a recent audit[1] on the use of insulin pumps – a technology which can help manage type 1 diabetes – recommends “considering whether there is adequate understanding, capacity and capability (for healthcare professionals) to explain and provide pump treatment”. Training professionals is key.

After you speak to your candidate, it would be great if you could feed back on your conversation by emailing us at publicaffairs@jdrf.org.uk, letting us know your constituency, who you spoke to, the party they represent and what they said.

[1] National Diabetes Insulin Pump Audit 2017/18