So the NZ election is about 100 days away. I want action from the political parties on an issue that in the next decade could affect a million of us, shortening lives, and cost us tens of billions of dollars. The issue is simply diabetes. Already 7% of adults have diabetes and another 18.6% is on the way to getting it (“pre-diabetic”). For our medical system – and all tax payers – this means billions. For individuals it means shortened lives, amputations, dialysis, blindness etc etc etc. For employers it means workers taking sick days. For communities and families it means missing grandparents. Surely this is the biggest health issue and one of the biggest economic issues facing the country. Where is the media about it? Where are the questions to the politicians? I’ve blogged before about the lack of specific and evidence based policy amongst the political parties. Where are their new policies?
Here’s a promise – I will publish on this blog any policy of any registered NZ political party specifically aimed to slow the diabetes epidemic. Along side that policy I’ll publish any evidence that is supplied as to why the party thinks that policy will work.
Free advertising – surely all the parties will take this up?