Monday, 4 January 2016

Bongs and Gongs: But Aren’t We All Winners?

When the bongs sound at midnight at the end of the year, one thing about the year to come is already known – who has received a New Year Honour, as typically these are announced on or around New Year’s Eve

Last year was no exception and it was absolutely delightful to hear that a prominent professor of diabetes and the chair of one of Diabetes UK’s local groups had both been awarded a national medal. Both are extremely well deserved and we offer them our hearty congratulations

When congratulated, recipients almost always say the award is not just for them but for the people they work with and for. This seems to be especially true for diabetes, which requires so much more than personal input, but also the support and contribution of many others, whether diabetes is personal or professional. Obviously not everyone can get a medal - and nor would everyone want one

What’s indisputable, however, is that where honours are accepted, they give a wonderful opportunity to highlight diabetes and its self care and medical care needs, and to put the people who live and work to improve both experience and outcomes firmly in the spotlight. Many people work hard in the cause of diabetes and in that sense we are all winners – those honoured help to show that

Wishing everyone the honour of a Happy and Healthy New Year!

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