Advocacy News

  • Inspiring the Next Generation

    As part of World Diabetes Day celebration’s a further 21 people with diabetes received “Living Well with Diabetes” 50 Year medals from Diabetes Ireland. At three different ceremonies held in Cork, Dublin and Naas Hospital medal recipients and their families came together to share memories of their lives with diabetes.     Lots of stories... View Article

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  • New Parliamentary Group on Diabetes to be set up

    Following a World Diabetes Day presentation to TDs and Senators, kindly organised by Mary Butler TD and Frank O’Rourke TD, Diabetes Ireland is delighted to announce it will be working with interested Oireachtas Members to set up a cross party Diabetes Parliamentary Group in Leinster House to raise awareness of the need for a long... View Article

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  • Diabetes Ireland highlights escalating cost of treating diabetes complications to TDs on World Diabetes Day

    Today, on World Diabetes Day, Diabetes Ireland is highlighting the escalating costs of treating avoidable diabetes complications to the Government and are calling for a critical review of current diabetes care costs to be undertaken.   TDs and Senators will hear that the total number of people living with diabetes in Ireland is estimated to... View Article

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  • Fantastic Attendance at Diabetes Ireland Health & Wellbeing Event in Limerick

    Around 1200 people attended the Diabetes Health & Wellbeing Exhibition in the Limerick Strand Hotel, on Sunday 10th November.  This was a wonderful kick start to the World Diabetes Week celebrations taking place all this week.   Attendees availed of free tests such as HbA1c (which is the average blood glucose level for the previous... View Article

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  • Type 1 Diabetes Survey

    Hanover Communications (a government affairs and healthcare advocacy agency) have been commissioned by Roche Diabetes Care to map the current Type 1 diabetes landscape in Ireland. As part of their research they are working with our Diabetes Ireland Patient Advocacy Group  to develop a fully confidential and anonymous survey and it would be great if... View Article

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  • Sligo University Hospital Update on Type 1 Diabetes Services

    Following frustration with local diabetes services, Chairperson of Diabetes Ireland’s Sligo branch, Ms Suzanne Donnelly publicly highlighted the lack of support provided to the diabetes team working tirelessly in Sligo University Hospital by hospital management.   Last week her frustration reached the floor of the Dail chamber as Martin Kenny TD raised the issue with... View Article

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  • Freestyle Libre Update

    Diabetes Ireland continues to seek clarification on the pending Freestyle LIBRE review by the Primary Care Eligibility & Reimbursement Service (HSE PCERS) due this year as outlined in the Advice Note 2017/01.   Following plethera of parliamentary questions from TDs, a recent welcome response has clarified that the following will be included in that review;... View Article

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  • Freestyle Libre HSE Review Update Openness and Transparency Required on Review Process, Support the Campaign by Acting today

    Following the submission of our recent report “Users Experiences of Flash Glucose Monitoring on Daily Life Experiences” to the Minister for Health and to the HSE, and the support by TDs who agree that the Freestyle Libre should be made available to all people with Type 1 diabetes, the HSE’s Primary Care Reimbursement Service responded... View Article

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  • Sligo University Hospital Update on Type 1 Diabetes Services

    Following frustration with local diabetes services, Chairperson of Diabetes Ireland’s Sligo branch, Ms Suzanne Donnelly publicly highlighted the lack of support provided to the diabetes team working tirelessly in Sligo University Hospital by hospital management. Below is an update of the various issues and the HSE response.   Background   People with Type 1 diabetes... View Article

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  • Limerick University Hospital Failing People with Diabetes

    The situation in Limerick Hospital Group was highlighted at a Diabetes Ireland public meeting in Limerick. Diabetes Ireland sought clarification through official channels on the current diabetes staffing levels and if any action was undertaken to address those staffing deficits identified in the June 2018 Acute Hospital Survey.   Following this, a press release and... View Article

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  • Good News on Type 1 Prevention as New Research presented at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Meeting

    Researchers are one step closer to preventing type 1 diabetes as new findings show that a drug targeting the immune system can delay Type 1 diabetes for an average of two years in children and adults at high risk.   Dr Anna Clarke of Diabetes Ireland Research Alliance states “this is great news as researchers... View Article

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  • Updated Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines 2019

    Updated Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines from the RSA. With immediate effect the RSA are changing the guidelines to recognise products measuring ISF.   Please view the following document HERE                          

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  • A Year too Old to Get Access to Health Saving Medical Technology

    Abbott′s FreeStyle Libre system changes how people with diabetes measure their glucose levels and ultimately achieves better health and wellbeing. Since April 2018, the Freestyle Libre is available to children and young people aged 4-21years, based on clinical need. The unfortunate upper age limit means that many adults, who might benefit from the system, cannot... View Article

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