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e-4177 (Health)

Initiated by Ryan Hooey from Tecumseh, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Diabetes and sight loss are closely connected;
  • Canada has one of the highest rates of diabetic retinopathy (25.1% of people living with diabetes), which is the fourth leading cause of sight loss in Canada, and the leading cause of sight loss in working-age adults;
  • An estimated 750,000 Canadians live with the condition;
  • People living with diabetes and sight loss often rely on insulin pumps for their diabetes treatment, like their sighted peers;
  • Individuals living with diabetes and sight loss live independent lives but are unable to safely and independently use insulin pumps due to the lack of accessibility features and visual cues on the device;
  • Health Canada does not assess accessibility as part of the approval process for medical devices, which jeopardizes device efficacy and patient safety, and creates further barriers for people who are blind or partially sighted; and
  • Insulin pump manufacturers have issued public warnings (called contraindications) advising people with sight loss to avoid using insulin pumps, citing safety concerns.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Ensure the Health Canada approval process for new medical devices (e.g., insulin pumps) includes an accessibility assessment; and
2. Work with insulin pump manufacturers to address the safety concerns with existing insulin pumps, expressed on the contraindications and ensure that future contraindications are not considered for insulin pumps.
Open for signature
November 2, 2022, at 11:25 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
March 2, 2023, at 11:25 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Bonita Zarrillo
Port Moody—Coquitlam
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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