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Diabetics urged to sign petition to improve monitoring

People with diabetes living in Harborough are being urged to join a campaign calling for improved safety standards for blood sugar monitors.

These monitoring devices need to be accurate to enable people with diabetes to control their blood sugar within narrow margins – inaccurate devices may expose patients to increased risk of hypoglycaemic episodes, when their blood sugar level is very low.

However, independent laboratory studies have repeatedly suggested some blood glucose monitoring devices available through the NHS do not meet the current international standards for accuracy. In response, Leicestershire’s Spirit Healthcare is urging people to sign an online petition to request independent annual testing for all blood glucose monitors used within the National Health Service.

It is part of Spirit’s ‘Diabetes Who Cares’ campaign, which aims to improve care for people with the condition.

An official online government petition has been created and if 100,000 names are gained the issue will be considered for a debate in the House of Commons.

To sign it visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/56802.

 

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