I’m off to Westminster on Wednesday, 25 April to attend the JDRF Type 1 Parliament event. Everyone’s second favourite pump company Animas are one of the co-sponsors of the event and emailed to see if I wanted to attend as their guest. In exchange for my train fare and a bed for the night, I said I’d love to head off to sunny London to do a bit of lobbying.
Sixty-something type 1’s will be at the Houses of Parliament to start the day by explaining the realities of diabetes to their local MP, in a bid to get them motivated around moving diabetes up the political agenda. Following that, it’s question time with a panel of the great and the good of politics and diabetes, including the Minister of State for Science and an assortment of medical bods. They’ll be taking questions on all aspects of Type 1 – from insulin pump availability, to where research should be focussed, to the need to provide improved psychological support and beyond.
I’m planning to ask how the panel thinks we can best improve take up of new treatments such as insulin pumps and CGM, which all too often are invented and then left sitting on the shelf, inaccessible to the majority of people. If you’ve got a question you’d like me to ask, leave me a comment and I’ll be your mouthpiece for the day.