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Issue Date:- 26 May 2008

Tory MEPs condemned for voting against Gay and Religious Rights

LABOUR MEPs are calling for comprehensive legislation to prevent any discrimination on grounds of sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Labour Euro MPs have led the calls for new EU equal rights legislation and condemned Conservatives for supporting a 'hierarchy of discrimination' in a European Parliament vote, as the internal battle rages in the European Commission seeking to restrict their proposal to disability alone in their decision due on the 25 June 2008.

Local Labour Euro MP and Arlene McCarthy said:- “Labour MEPs have always supported legislation to end discrimination in the supply of goods and services on the grounds of disability, religion or belief, age and sexual orientation.

I was one of the Parliament’s draftspersons back in 2002 on a law banning employment discrimination on the basis of religion or belief, age, disability or sexual orientation.

To now rank these forms of discrimination in order of importance would be a backwards step.  Age discrimination and discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief should not be excluded or treated as inferior forms of discrimination in the false hierarchy imposed by the European Commission.

It is bitterly disappointing that Conservative MEPs have failed time and time again to support anti-discrimination legislation.

Even worse still just a few weeks ago they proudly announced that they had stood up for companies that wished to discriminate in the supply of goods and services.”

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80,000 people with diabetes putting their lives at risk by not taking tablets

AROUND 80,000 people with Type 2 diabetes in the North West are risking long-term health complications such as heart disease, blindness and kidney failure because they are failing to take their prescribed medication, warns Diabetes UK.

In the North West, around half of the 238,000 people with Type 2 diabetes treat their condition with tablets.  The leading health charity is calling for improved patient education and better communication between healthcare professionals and people with diabetes to improve the current situation where 2 in 3 people who should treat their diabetes with tablets (80,000) are not taking them.

Previous research has shown that many people with diabetes do not take their tablets because they do not understand what they are for and what the long term health benefits are, but feel stupid asking their doctor or nurse.  In addition, many people with diabetes take a plethora of tablets, and research has also shown that people who are prescribed many tablets struggle more than those who take 1.

Julie Byron, Diabetes UK North West Regional Manager, said:- “It is a tragedy that such a high proportion of people are not taking their prescribed medication.  Many people struggle to realise the importance of taking their medicines, especially if the consequences are not immediately apparent despite the fact that damage caused is irreparable.  Effectively controlling Type 2 diabetes can reduce the risk of heart disease by 56%, and eye disease and kidney disease by 33%.

Diabetes UK is currently working with healthcare professionals and diabetes communities to encourage and support people with diabetes to ask questions and be more involved in their healthcare through care planning.  People with diabetes who have a good knowledge of their treatment options are better equipped to make informed decisions about medicines and other ways of managing their diabetes.”

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