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Speaker Supports Diabetes Appeal

Speaker John Bercow

Speaker John Bercow opens his house at Westminster Village to support a Manchester charity’s campaign…reports Asian Lite News

Speaker John Bercow
Speaker John Bercow

Mr John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, hosted a reception at Speaker’s House at Westminster Village in support of Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust Charity’s (CMFT Charity), which includes Manchester Royal Infirmary, new Diabetes Appeal.

At the exclusive event, guests including charity supporters, clinicians and charity representatives, enjoyed drinks and canapés in the outstanding setting of Speaker’s House before hearing about the much needed appeal for Manchester Diabetes Centre.

Speaker John Bercow with Prof. Boulton
Speaker John Bercow with Prof. Boulton

The Manchester Diabetes Centre, which is located close to the Manchester Royal Infirmary site, looks after a large population from across the North West and takes referrals from as far afield as Northern Ireland and Scotland, whilst caring for the most vulnerable population within its inner city, ethnically diverse environment. Over 25% of in-patients at MRI have diabetes compared to the UK average for hospital in-patients of 16%. These statistics alone indicate that Manchester, and the North West, will encounter increased significant pressure to provide the best level of care available for this growing population from across the North West.

However the hospital’s current facilities, located in a two-storey portable building, are preventing its clinicians from expanding their capability in key areas such as treatment, research and care, which is essential for the future of patients with diabetes.

Veena Chandi John, Mr Bercow, Rajiv Taneja and Neesha Taneja
Veena Chandi John, Mr Bercow, Rajiv Taneja and Neesha Taneja

The appeal aims to raise £600,000 to enable the relocation of the existing separate Diabetes and Endocrinology services into a vibrant, spacious, fit-for-purpose and patient-friendly building.   With charitable support the charity hopes to improve the patient experience and extend the patient education programme to help  patients better manage their condition.  The appeal will also enable  increased research opportunities – all of which will transform the future of diabetes care for generations to come.

On the night, Speaker Mr Bercow welcomed guests and introduced them to the appeal before Charity Chairman, Mr Maurice Watkins CBE, spoke about the appeal and the difference it will make to the future of diabetes care for the people of the North West.

Professor Andrew Boulton, Consultant Physician at Manchester Royal Infirmary, then spoke in detail about diabetes and the devastating impact this disease can have on both patients and families.

Maurice Watkins CBE commented:  “This latest Appeal is one of the most compelling projects the Charity has undertaken and the benefits and impact this can make to patients is clear.  We need to alleviate the mounting pressures faced by the hospital’s Diabetes service, to ensure that Manchester continues to grow to become a word-class centre of excellence for diabetes care for the people of Manchester, the North West, and beyond.”


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