Rejoice if, like me, you are among the 350,000 or so Britons with type 1 diabetes. And the more than three million people with type 2 diabetes for that matter.
The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) says we won’t have to fear for our health in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
When I raised the issue I got a straight answer, and a cast iron guarantee. With no obfuscation, hedging, ifs, buts, or maybes. From a government department. For me that’s fresh confirmation that we are living in a mad Matrix-style computer simulation.
Let me explain: I first raised the issue of insulin and blood testing supplies with NHS England, which supplies me with my meds. For my sins (and that’s how NHS England treated it) I was told to contact the DHSC. When I reported on this, I was greeted by the NHS – the NHS – with the sort of aggression that will be familiar to journalists who ply their trade covering Donald Trump. Tweets were included. A sad reflection of the times in which we live.
But I digress. This is what I asked, having explained that I am myself a type 1 diabetic who has been experiencing a considerable degree of fear because without a supply of medication I’m toast: “Can you categorically assure me that insulin, and blood testing supplies, will be secure in the event of a no-deal Brexit?”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s shiny new department responded with a one word answer: “Yes.”
That could yet become very important.
There was also a statement which I will share with you: “Insulin is vitally important to millions of people in this country.” (No kidding).
It added: “While we are confident of reaching a deal we will have contingency plans in place that maintain the right levels of supplies so there is no disruption to patients.”
Now I almost wish I’d got that written in blood.
But perhaps that’s not entirely fair. The department answered relatively quickly, and courteously. (The contrast with NHS England was rather stark.) What’s the computer simulation going to throw up next? Neo doing his Superman act? It even started to rain (hooray!) while I was writing this.
Here’s why what the department said is so important.