As I mentioned in my earlier post, the UK is currently gripped with election fever. Readers in the UK will be all too aware of this, with election coverage polluting the airwaves at every turn; so I merely include this for our readers from abroad who don’t listen to the BBC World Service and haven’t been made aware of the latest electioneering thrills and spills. You’re missing out, you really are.
Anyway, I digress already.
In general I feel quite sorry for Members of Parliament. Aside from the famous ones that get on the telly, most seem to spend their time being photographed opening boring dog homes, visiting dull businesses and have the thankless task of responding to a zillion letters every week from bitchy constituents moaning about their pet hates. The pay is okay, but they probably could earn more in pretty much any other job. And now they can’t even pad out their expenses claims any more. Ahhhh!
You’ll note that I said I feel “quite” sorry for MPs. But not sorry enough to not encourage you to harass them about diabetes-related issues!
We all know that diabetes care around the UK is variable. Pumps are handed out like sweets in some areas, while in other you can wait half a lifetime to get one. Some Primary Care Trusts ration test strips for Type Two’s, while others don’t. Rules on food labelling are pretty weak and the agenda is dominated by the food industry. Type Ones can only get a three year driving licence. And so on and so on and so on. In other words, if you’re diabetic there’s a national issue which will touch you personally.
So it’s therefore imperative to speak to your potential representatives in parliament and remind them about diabetes issues. Diabetes UK have made doing just this insanely easy by automating the process here:
Once you’ve completed your details, magic technology™ will generate a letter to the people standing for parliament in your constituency. As always, however, form letters are not perfect. So if you use this system I would strongly suggest you modify the template before sending it. Why not add further details about something that’s particularly personal to you? Perhaps your experience of diabetes care is very bad or, indeed, very good in your area. Or there might be an issue that particularly gets on your nelly.
The system works for England and Scotland. People in Wales and Northern Ireland will just have to contact their candidates manually – theyworkforyou.com is a useful site to help you do just that. Viewers in Scotland will of course be aware that health is a devolved issue and so this will be more of an issue in the Scottish elections in 2011.
Anyway, wherever you are in the UK, they work (or will work) for you, so let ’em know what you think!