Fake news: test strips – by Zena Ambrose

Unfortunately, not everything you read on the internet is true, and the rich or powerful are not the only targets of “fake news”.

We’ve been getting questions from many of you asking about rumours circulating on Facebook claiming test strips are being withdrawn or funding is being cut by the NHS.

Facebook test strip status update

We embrace your campaigning spirit in wanting to share this; however, this is not about the NHS, it’s about Australia’s public health service. Crucially, Diabetes Australia notes the information in the post is incorrect.

So if you come across it, please help stop spreading misinformation by not sharing the Facebook post with your friends and family – and do reassure anyone who has shared it that this is not about the UK (and it’s not all true anyway).

But while we’re on the subject of test strips, we have heard some of you are finding it hard to get enough strips for your needs on the NHS. We are looking into this issue and expect to be publishing a report with recommendations in the spring.

Do ask your doctor to review your prescription if you think you are not getting enough test strips or the right meter to manage your diabetes as well as you can. Our test strips advice pack (PDF, 243KB) can help you.

And, if you are in the mood for activism, you can help us bring about change for people in the UK with diabetes by supporting our campaigns.

Thank you!

Zena Ambrose is Diabetes UK’s Head of Media

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