Diabetes UK has published a manifesto for the 2010 General Election. The Improving Lives manifesto outlines the 10 key areas we want the next Government, whatever Party is leading it, to address.
These range from healthy lifestyles, to improving the quality of care, to an increased commitment to research. There are tailored versions of the manifesto for each of the four UK nations.
Health issues are now dealt with in the devolved institutions, but there is still an important role for MPs elected from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales on issues such as discrimination, employment rights, food labelling and research funding that are all still dealt with at Westminster.
Political leadership is critical to ensure that diabetes services are prioritised at both a national and local level. With the Improving Lives manifesto, Diabetes UK is asking political parties and prospective parliamentary candidates to 'Get Serious' and make diabetes a priority at this election and throughout the next Parliament.