A young diabetes campaigner has met with Denton & Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne to call on him to commit to improving services for children and young people with Type 1 diabetes.
Ashley Spires, 21, travelled to Westminster to meet Andrew as part of an event organised by Diabetes UK to highlight the essential care and support that every child and young person living with Type 1 diabetes needs.
The charity says that too many children with Type 1 diabetes are not getting the essential checks and services they need to manage their condition, which is reflected in the fact that 85 per cent of children with Type 1 diabetes have poor blood glucose control. This puts them at increased risk of devastating health complications later in life such as blindness, amputations and stroke.
This is why Ashley has backed the campaign and has directly appealed to Andrew Gwynne to demand health leaders commit to ensuring the resources are in place in Denton and Reddish so that children and young people living with Type 1 diabetes have access to good healthcare.
“I was delighted to meet Andrew as it gave me the chance to raise my concerns about poor diabetes healthcare for children and young people.
“Diabetes is a serious condition but too many children with Type 1 diabetes here in Denton and Reddish and across the country are not getting the essential care they need to manage their condition.
“I am also asking Andrew to write to our local health leaders to urge them to commit to improving services to children with diabetes.”
Helen Pattie, Regional Manager of Diabetes UK in the North West region said:
“It is unacceptable that so many children with diabetes are not getting the recommended diabetes care, services and support they are entitled to. All children deserve the best healthcare and that is why change is urgently needed.
“We are pleased that Ashley has come to Westminster to make the case to MPs that they need to insist that this level of care is in place in the North West.
“We hope that their involvement helps raises the issue of Type 1 diabetes care among other young people with Type diabetes and parents of children with the condition. If people in the North West have a child with Type 1 diabetes, they should make sure they are aware of our Type 1 essentials for children and young people guide, which sets out the 10 things every child with Type 1 diabetes needs.”
Diabetes UK’s Type 1 Essentials for children and young people guide can be downloaded at: http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Get_involved/Campaigning/Type-1-essentials/What-are-the-Type-1-essentials/