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“Greater understanding needed for pupils with diabetes” says Meg Munn MP

Monday, November 17, 2008

Heeley MP Meg Munn gave her support to Diabetes UK’s call for schools to provide more help to pupils with diabetes. Abby Baxter of Norton Lees, and a pupil of Newfield Secondary School, recently came to see Meg to tell her about the difficulties pupils have in administering medicine to treat their condition. She also talked about the need for greater understanding by school staff of the requirements of diabetes sufferers who often need to take sugar at short notice, via chocolate bars for example, to deal with their condition.


Meg said:


“It was good to hear first hand about the problems that pupils with diabetes can experience at school from Abby. I have given my support to Diabetes UK’s campaign for more provision to ensure that pupils are not disadvantaged with their education because of their medical condition.


Schools have had since 2007 a duty to promote the well-being of pupils, including medical conditions. Part of this must be spreading greater understanding by school staff of the needs of pupils who may have to eat a chocolate bar at short notice, perhaps in a lesson, to deal with their diabetes”


Diabetes UK say they have gathered evidence from children with diabetes and their parents that demonstrate that the well-being of children with a long-term condition can be overlooked. Their evidence suggests that the problems experienced by children with diabetes include: bullying, being prevented from participating in school activities, being denied access to snacks and denied support to administer insulin injections.


For more information visit www.diabetes.org.uk

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Meg is with her constituent Abby Baxter.

Meg is with her constituent Abby Baxter.

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