Driver and Vehicle Agency Needs to Act for Diabetics - Dickson

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has expressed concern that a delay to updating guidance for drivers with diabetes is extending an unnecessary burden. Current guidance states that drivers with diabetes must check their blood sugar levels before driving and every two hours during a longer journey. However, in January 2018, the law was broadened to allow the testing of 'Interstitial Fluid' as well. This meant other new forms of testing, like Flash GM and Continuous Glucose Monitoring technologies, could be used for testing levels when driving. However, before drivers can start using these technologies, driving authorities must update their guidance, delaying the roll-out. Mr Dickson

Dickson Criticises Parties Over Immigration Bill

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has said it is “shameful” the DUP supported a Government Bill designed to end of freedom of movement after the UK leaves the EU. Mr Dickson also said the Labour Party “disgracefully” only introduced a one-line whip on the matter, ensuring the Government was victorious. The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill passed 297-234, despite a Labour u-turn and late opposition to it. “Labour initially announced they would not vote against the legislation but following a backlash, shifted its position. However, many of its MPs had previously been told by party whips they did not need to be present to vote, handing the Government a comfortable

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