Working together to raise vital awareness of diabetes
Gloucestershire County Council will work with its health partners to help raise awareness of the symptoms and risks of diabetes.
Approximately six per cent of the UK population is living with diabetes, with ten per cent of those living with type 1 diabetes.
At full council this afternoon (Wednesday 12th September) councillors discussed proposals for a joined up campaign in line with national awareness days, to raise awareness of the disease and create better understanding of the differences between type 1 and 2 diabetes.
The motion was presented by Cllr Klara Sudbury (Charlton Park & College, Lib Dem), seconded by Cllr Simon Wheeler (Benhall, Lib Dem), calling for the council to:
“…coordinate with Gloucestershire CCG, Gloucestershire’s schools and the county’s independent academies to run a diabetes awareness campaign – both to increase understanding of type 1 diabetes and awareness of “The Four Ts”.”
An amendment was put forward by Cllr Eva Ward (Stroud Central, Green):
“This council further requests that the Health and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee invite the Clinical Commissioning Group to discuss their approach to funding insulin pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitors in Gloucestershire”
The motion was carried unanimously.
Cllr Klara Sudbury, said: “I am pleased council today has agreed this motion. It is important that political leaders and the health community think carefully about how our choice of language about diabetes impacts on the people living with it.
“Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease which bears no relation to lifestyle or diets, yet many feel stigmatised for their disease. It’s so important that we raise awareness of the condition and of the “Four T” symptoms.”
Cllr Tim Harman (Lansdown and Park, Cons), cabinet member for public health at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We already work closely with Gloucestershire CCG and schools through Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning.
“I’m happy to build on that relationship, using those channels to help raise awareness of the issue, and the differences between type 1 and 2 diabetes, and I fully support the motion.”
Cllr Lesley Williams (Stonehouse, Lab), Labour and Green Co-Operative spokesperson for public health, said: “Diabetes can have a profound effect on people of any age, and it is only right that we do our bit to promote awareness of the symptoms and risks associated with both type 1 and type 2.
“I am pleased that Cllr Ward’s amendment was included, and am very happy to support the motion.”
You can watch the council meeting back through at: https://gloucestershire.public-i.tv/core/portal/home