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Why are diabetics STILL not given the gadget that frees them from finger prick blood tests?

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Thousands of diabetics are being put at risk of serious complications after being denied access to lifesaving technology, the UK’s leading diabetes charity has warned.

Two years ago, NHS bosses promised 80,000 Britons with type 1 diabetes a wearable blood glucose monitor, such as the £2-coin-sized FreeStyle Libre used by former Prime Minister Theresa May.

But an investigation by the charity Diabetes UK revealed that in some areas, just one patient in ten is receiving the device. It called the situation a ‘postcode lottery’.

People with deadly type 1 diabetes cannot produce the hormone insulin – essential for transferring glucose from food into the body’s cells – which makes their blood sugar levels unstable. 

Rejected: Hannah Lowman, 29, from Bungay in Suffolk, with the £100-a-month blood sugar monitor she wears. She was denied an NHS device

Rejected: Hannah Lowman, 29, from Bungay in Suffolk, with the £100-a-month blood sugar monitor she wears. She was denied an NHS device

Rejected: Hannah Lowman, 29, from Bungay in Suffolk, with the £100-a-month blood sugar monitor she wears. She was denied an NHS device

Monitoring their blood glucose is vital to protect against damage to the heart, eyes and kidneys and prevent potentially fatal blood sugar crashes, known as hypos.

Most sufferers rely on finger-prick blood tests, carried out many times a day, but they can be painful and lead to skin damage. The needles, known as lancets, are designed to be used only once and have to be disposed of in special bins. Readings from the drops of blood the lancets extract are taken using a blood glucose meter.

However, the latest technology involves a small patch attached to the upper arm or abdomen. Sensors take glucose readings from fluid just under the skin and transmit them wirelessly to a mobile phone app, reducing the need for finger-prick tests.

Professor Partha Kar, NHS England’s deputy national clinical director for diabetes, said: ‘There’s no doubt they greatly improve quality of life.’

Research shows the monitors can help patients achieve better blood sugar control, slash diabetes-related sick days by a third, reduce hospital admissions and ease distress, Prof Kar said. He added that they save the NHS money in the longer term.

But many patients, such as stroke nurse Hannah Lowman, are being forced to pay £100 a month for the gadgets.

Hannah, 29, from Bungay in Suffolk, has been told she cannot have a device, for budget reasons, yet said it was life-changing during her recent high-risk pregnancy. 

‘When my blood glucose did start to rise in the second trimester, which can be dangerous for the baby, the information was automatically uploaded to my diabetes specialist and we could act straight away to tweak my insulin medication,’ she explained.

Most sufferers rely on finger-prick blood tests, pictured above, carried out many times a day, but they can be painful and lead to skin damage (file photo)

Most sufferers rely on finger-prick blood tests, pictured above, carried out many times a day, but they can be painful and lead to skin damage (file photo)

Most sufferers rely on finger-prick blood tests, pictured above, carried out many times a day, but they can be painful and lead to skin damage (file photo)

Hannah now has a healthy son, Leo, but added: ‘Who knows what could have happened otherwise?’

Experts say the tool has never been more valuable, given the Covid restrictions on face-to-face appointments. And research shows diabetes patients are more likely to suffer serious Covid-19 illness, with some studies suggesting type 1 diabetics are up to three-and-a-half times more likely to die from the disease.

Daniel Howarth, head of care at Diabetes UK, said: ‘These monitors have huge benefits for people with diabetes, reducing hospital admissions and improving management of the condition. But there’s still a gap in terms of who can access them. There are reports of some people crossing borders into different areas in order to get them.

‘Lots of regular diabetes appointments aren’t going ahead, or are taking place remotely. Monitors could help – yet this technology is not being used when we know what a massive difference it could make to people’s health.’

NHS England figures show more than 30 per cent of the diabetic population in England now has access to the devices – above the 20 per cent originally pledged. But individual Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), made up of local GPs, decide how to spend their budgets, and many still are choosing not to fund the sensors.

Pumps that dispense insulin into the body around the clock, rather than relying on insulin injections, are also being rationed for funding reasons (file photo)

Pumps that dispense insulin into the body around the clock, rather than relying on insulin injections, are also being rationed for funding reasons (file photo)

Pumps that dispense insulin into the body around the clock, rather than relying on insulin injections, are also being rationed for funding reasons (file photo)

Diabetes UK today launches a campaign, Cheque For Tech, asking the Government to increase ringfenced funding for the diabetes technology. It is also calling for the eligibility criteria to be expanded. 

To qualify for the monitors, an individual must have type 1 diabetes, a blood sugar level within a certain average range, and their condition must be so severe that they need to check glucose levels at least eight times a day. 

This makes about one in five sufferers eligible, says NHS England. But thousands who fall outside these categories, including those with advanced type 2 diabetes who are reliant on insulin, could also benefit, says Diabetes UK.

In some places, only one sufferer in ten is getting the device 

It is not just blood glucose monitors that are being restricted. Pumps that dispense insulin into the body around the clock, rather than relying on insulin injections, are also being rationed for funding reasons.

The charity said its research found half of people with diabetes had been refused access to technology over the past decade – and 40 per cent of those struggled to pay for it themselves.

Hannah said: ‘I’m lucky my parents could step in and pay for the sensors, because with a young family, I’d struggle to meet the cost.’

Prof Kar said a letter had been sent last week to all CCGs by NHS England, asking them to look at the latest evidence on the benefits of the tech and to consider whether more people could benefit.

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Joe Biden compares ‘thug’ Kim Jong-un to Hitler as Trump touts ‘good relationship’ with North Korea

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Joe Biden compared Kim Jong-un to Adolf Hitler on Thursday as the former vice president slammed President Trump for ‘legitimizing’ the North Korean ruler by meeting with him.

In the second and final presidential debate, the Democratic nominee blasted Trump for his diplomacy with Pyongyang, though the Republican countered that he had achieved what the Obama administration could not.

‘They tried to meet with him, he wouldn’t do it,’ Trump said of Kim and the Obama administration.

‘He didn’t like Obama, he didn’t like him, he wouldn’t do it. OK? They tried.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden (left) blasted President Trump (right) on Thursday for forging close personal ties with North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un

The president has met with the North Korean ruler three times - most recently in June of last year at the border village of Panmunjon in the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea

The president has met with the North Korean ruler three times - most recently in June of last year at the border village of Panmunjon in the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea

The president has met with the North Korean ruler three times – most recently in June of last year at the border village of Panmunjon in the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea

Biden compared Kim to Hitler and called the North Korean leader a 'thug' while slamming Trump for being his 'good buddy'

Biden compared Kim to Hitler and called the North Korean leader a 'thug' while slamming Trump for being his 'good buddy'

Biden compared Kim to Hitler and called the North Korean leader a ‘thug’ while slamming Trump for being his ‘good buddy’

‘He wouldn’t do it. You know what? North Korea, we’re not in a war, we have a good relationship.’

Biden responded that ‘we had a good relationship with Hitler before he, in fact, invaded the rest of Europe.’

The former vice president added: ‘Come on. The reason he would not meet with President Obama is because President Obama said we’re going to talk about denuclearization.

‘We’re not going to legitimize you. We’re going to continue to push stronger and stronger sanctions on you.

‘That’s why he wouldn’t meet with us.’

Trump is the first sitting president to hold a summit with the leader of North Korea.

The president has met with Kim three times. The first summit took place in Singapore in 2018. The next year, the two leaders met in Hanoi.

Kim and Trump also shook hands at the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea at Panmunjom in June of last year.

Kim Jong-un waves during a parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang on October 10

Kim Jong-un waves during a parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang on October 10

Kim Jong-un waves during a parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea in Pyongyang on October 10

Despite the close, personal relationship between Trump and Kim, the North Korean leader appears unwilling to bend to Washington’s demand to decommission its nuclear arsenal in exchange for a lifting of economic sanctions.

Biden hit out at Trump for saying that a ‘thug’ like Kim was his’“good buddy.’

‘They have much more capable missiles able to reach US territory much more easily than they ever did before,’ Biden said. 

During the debate, Trump was asked by moderator Kristen Welker of NBC News if he felt betrayed by Kim’s recent rollout of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

‘No,’ the president replied.

At a military parade staged earlier this month, Kim warned that his country would ‘fully mobilize’ its nuclear force if threatened as he took center stage at a military parade that unveiled what appeared to be a new intercontinental ballistic missile and other weapons.

Kim, however, avoided direct criticism of Washington during the October 10 event, which celebrated the 75th anniversary of the ruling party.

Instead, he focused on a domestic message urging his people to remain firm in the face of ‘tremendous challenges’ posed by the coronavirus pandemic and crippling US-led sanctions over his nuclear program.

Kim described the North’s continuing efforts to develop its nuclear deterrent as necessary for its defense and said it wasn’t targeting any specific country.

But “if any force harms the safety of our nation, we will fully mobilize the strongest offensive might in a preemptive manner to punish them,” he said.

Kim’s speech was punctuated by thousands of goose-stepping troops, tanks, armored vehicles, rocket launchers and a broad range of ballistic missiles rolled out in Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square.

The weapons included what was possibly the North’s biggest-yet ICBM, which was mounted on an 11-axel launch vehicle that was also seen for the first time.

The North Koreans unveiled what appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile during the parade in Pyongyang on October 10

The North Koreans unveiled what appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile during the parade in Pyongyang on October 10

The North Koreans unveiled what appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile during the parade in Pyongyang on October 10

The North also displayed a variety of solid-fuel weapon systems, including what could be an advanced version of its Pukguksong family of missiles designed to be fired from submarines or land mobile launchers.

The missiles highlighted how the North has continued to expand its military capabilities during a stalemate in nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration.

Kim had previously expressed frustration over the slow diplomacy, pledging in December that he would continue to bolster his nuclear arsenal in the face of U.S. pressure and soon unveil a ‘new strategic weapon to the world.’

He then said the North was no longer obligated to maintain a self-imposed suspension on nuclear weapon and ICBM tests, which Trump touted as a major foreign policy achievement. 

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Sick stranger shoves a nine-year-old schoolgirl to the ground and LAUGHS in Sydney street

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A young girl has suffered a sprained ankle after she was randomly shoved to the ground by a man who then laughed and ran off.

The nine-year-old girl was pushed from behind near the intersection of Cowper Street and Glebe Point Road in Sydney at 9.15am on Thursday. 

She fell onto the footpath, injuring her head and ankle. 

The stranger laughed before running off on Glebe Point Road towards Broadway.

The nine-year-old girl was pushed from behind near the intersection of Cowper Street and Glebe Point Road (pictured) in Sydney at 9.15am on Thursday

The nine-year-old girl was pushed from behind near the intersection of Cowper Street and Glebe Point Road (pictured) in Sydney at 9.15am on Thursday

The nine-year-old girl was pushed from behind near the intersection of Cowper Street and Glebe Point Road (pictured) in Sydney at 9.15am on Thursday

He has been described as being 190cm tall, wearing a black hoodie and walking with a limp.

Detective Chief Inspector Grant Watson has appealed for public assistance to help identify the man.

‘The unprovoked assault of a child is unacceptable, and we urge anyone who was in the Glebe Point Road area yesterday – and may have witnessed the incident or saw the man running – to contact police,’ he said.

‘Motorists driving by who have dashcam fitted in their vehicle may have captured footage of the man, which could help police with the investigation.’

The random attack comes after another child was punched in the face by a stranger in the same area just a day earlier.

A five-year-old boy was with his older brother and grandmother walking along Bridge Street in Glebe when he was attacked at about 4.20pm on Wednesday.

She fell onto the footpath, injuring her head and ankle. The stranger laughed before running off on Glebe Point Road towards Broadway (stock image pictured)

She fell onto the footpath, injuring her head and ankle. The stranger laughed before running off on Glebe Point Road towards Broadway (stock image pictured)

She fell onto the footpath, injuring her head and ankle. The stranger laughed before running off on Glebe Point Road towards Broadway (stock image pictured)

A five-year-old boy has allegedly been punched in the face by an unknown man while walking along Bridge Street (pictured) in Glebe,  in Sydney's inner west, on Tuesday afternoon

A five-year-old boy has allegedly been punched in the face by an unknown man while walking along Bridge Street (pictured) in Glebe,  in Sydney's inner west, on Tuesday afternoon

A five-year-old boy has allegedly been punched in the face by an unknown man while walking along Bridge Street (pictured) in Glebe,  in Sydney’s inner west, on Tuesday afternoon 

The small boy fell to the ground and injured his chin.  

Less than an hour earlier, police say the same 40-year-old man punched a 23-year-old woman in the head twice in another unprovoked attack. 

Police arrested the man on Thursday morning, charging him with two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.  

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Annaliese Ugle’s alleged rapist hit with new sex abuse charges over second victim

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Peter Frederick Humes, 66, (pictured) is accused of sexually abusing 11-year-old Annaliesse Ugle - who took her own life after Humes was released on bail the same day he was charged over the alleged crimes

Peter Frederick Humes, 66, (pictured) is accused of sexually abusing 11-year-old Annaliesse Ugle - who took her own life after Humes was released on bail the same day he was charged over the alleged crimes

Peter Frederick Humes, 66, (pictured) is accused of sexually abusing 11-year-old Annaliesse Ugle – who took her own life after Humes was released on bail the same day he was charged over the alleged crimes

An elderly man who allegedly raped young Indigenous girl Annaliese Ugle, leading her to take her own life, has been arrested on further child sex abuse charges against a second victim.

Peter Fredrick Humes, 67, was arrested in Western Australia on Friday morning and charged with 17 offences relating to an alleged sexual assault on a five-year-old girl.

Humes was charged last month after Annaliesse identified him as her alleged abuser, but he was released on bail the same day.

So scared was the youngster after finding out her alleged abuser was back in the community that she took her own life.

Annaliesse had allegedly suffered abuse at the hands of Humes between November 2019 and May 2020.

After her devastated mother and relatives began a campaign for a change to WA bail laws, a second alleged victim of Humes came forward.

On Friday morning he was rearrested and charged with assaulting the five-year-old girl between August 2018 and May 2020. 

Annaliesse is pictured right, with her mother centre and sister left. Her mum said she was a 'bubbly' child who desperately wanted to get away from her regional community after her alleged abuser was released on bail

Annaliesse is pictured right, with her mother centre and sister left. Her mum said she was a 'bubbly' child who desperately wanted to get away from her regional community after her alleged abuser was released on bail

Annaliesse is pictured right, with her mother centre and sister left. Her mum said she was a ‘bubbly’ child who desperately wanted to get away from her regional community after her alleged abuser was released on bail

Humes was already facing almost a dozen charges including sexual penetration of a child under 13 and indecent dealing. 

On Thursday evening, it emerged a third girl – a relative of Annaliesse’s – had also allegedly been subjected to child sex abuse.

Pictured: A photo of Annaliesse at a vigil held in her honour on Thursday

Pictured: A photo of Annaliesse at a vigil held in her honour on Thursday

Pictured: A photo of Annaliesse at a vigil held in her honour on Thursday

The relation was allegedly abused by an elder, Harry Nannup, who in August was charged with three counts of sexually penetrating a child and indecently dealing with a child, but released on bail. 

He has since been hit with new child sex charges, among which are those relating to a five-year-old girl over an eight-month span this year.

Nannup was remanded in custody following a court hearing on Thursday.

Annaliesse and the friend had bonded and supported each other over their alleged shared experiences, the 11-year-old’s mother Samantha Wilson told The West Australian.

Annaliesse’s devastated family on Thursday called for new laws stopping alleged child sex offenders from roaming the streets as they gathered to mourn the youngster’s death. 

At a vigil for the young girl held on the steps of Western Australia’s Parliament House on Thursday evening, more than 100 mourners gathered to pay their respects and call for ‘Annaliesse’s Law’.

Earlier on Thursday, the Western Australian Premier described Annaliesse’s death as an unfathomable tragedy.

‘It’s very, very sad. An 11-year-old girl taking her own life is beyond description,’ Premier Mark McGowan said.

‘I have an 11-year-old daughter – it’s beyond understanding.

The youngster's devastated family on Thursday evening gathered on the steps of Western Australia's Parliament House to remember Annaliesse and call for bail laws to be changed so other accused child sex offenders are not allowed to roam free

The youngster's devastated family on Thursday evening gathered on the steps of Western Australia's Parliament House to remember Annaliesse and call for bail laws to be changed so other accused child sex offenders are not allowed to roam free

The youngster’s devastated family on Thursday evening gathered on the steps of Western Australia’s Parliament House to remember Annaliesse and call for bail laws to be changed so other accused child sex offenders are not allowed to roam free

The little girl's loved ones wept as they remembered a young girl described as a 'ray of sunshine' to all those who met her

The little girl's loved ones wept as they remembered a young girl described as a 'ray of sunshine' to all those who met her

The little girl’s loved ones wept as they remembered a young girl described as a ‘ray of sunshine’ to all those who met her

The legislation would keep anyone charged with a child sex crime behind bars while their case goes to trial.

A photograph of Annaliesse – labelled with the words ‘forever young’ – rested at the top of the parliament steps surrounded by dozens of candles as family members wept and released pink balloons to remember the 11-year-old during an emotionally-charged gathering.

‘I want the Parliament to put legislative laws through in Annaliesse’s name to protect other young children on her behalf like she should’ve been protected,’ her mother Samantha Wilson said. 

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