Ruling on Diabetes is welcomed by sufferers

Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK
Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK
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Blackpool health campaigners are celebrating a victory for people with diabetes.

It comes after the government agreed to reimburse people with diabetes who have been unfairly fined for claiming free prescriptions.

Since September 2014, thousands of people with diabetes have been fined up to £100 for not having a valid medical exemption certificate.

Robert Edge, chairman of the Blackpool Diabetes UK group said: “We welcome the government’s decision to reimburse those who have been unfairly fined for not having a medical exemption certificate.

“This will come as a huge relief to people in Blackpool, living with diabetes, who need medication to manage their condition but have in effect been penalised for having a life-long condition.”

Barbara Young, Diabetes UK Chief Executive, said: “It is a victory for common sense and we are delighted our campaign has led to a great result.

“We now look forward to working with the NHS to improve communications to people with diabetes and healthcare professionals so the need for a valid medical exemption certificate is understood by everyone with the condition.”

In England, people aged between 18 and 60 who use insulin or medicine to manage their diabetes are entitled to claim free prescriptions, but must apply for and present a valid medical exemption certificate.