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Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill backs Diabetes UK campaign

PUBLISHED: 12:21 13 June 2013 | UPDATED: 12:21 13 June 2013

MP Bob Neill is backing Diabetes UK's Type 1 campaign.

MP Bob Neill is backing Diabetes UK's Type 1 campaign.

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Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill has joined forces with charity Diabetes UK to improve healthcare for young people living with the condition.

Mr Neill attended the charity’s parliamentary reception last week, helping to launch the Type 1 Essentials campaign - looking to highlight the essential care needed for every child living with Type 1 diabetes.

Around 85 per cent of children with Type 1 have poor blood glucose control as a result of not receiving essential checks, which could lead to blindness, amputations and strokes.

To help fight this Diabetes UK have created a care guide, which sets out the 10 things every child with Type 1 diabetes should receive.

Mr Neill said: “It is that essential children and young people with Type 1 diabetes in Bromley and Chislehurst and across the country get the support and care they need to manage their condition.

“This is because if diabetes is not managed well in early life it could lead to devastating complications later in life.

“This is why I’m backing Diabetes UK’s Type 1 Essentials campaign and I will be working with health leaders in Bromley and Chislehurst to ensure that children and young people with the condition in the area are getting the recommended diabetes care, services and support they are entitled to.”

Diabetes UK’s Type 1 essentials guide can be downloaded at diabetes.org.uk/get_involved.

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