Mother forced to go to her diabetic son's school every lunchtime to give him injection - because teachers refuse to do it

Last updated at 11:34 20 March 2008

A mother has to go into school every day to inject her diabetic son with insulin because staff there will no longer give him the vital medicine themselves.

Diana Hamilton has to arrive at 1pm every school day to administer the life-saving medicine to son Jordan Bayliss because the school refuses to do so.

The school's decision has been blasted by a national diabetes charity and Jordan's GP has even visited the school himself to try to solve the problem.

Jordan, seven, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes two years ago.

For the first 18 months classroom assistants were willing to give Jordan his insulin injections because he is too young to give it to himself.

But six months ago a teacher mistakenly thought Jordan was having a 'hypo', when blood sugar levels drop, and gave him a can of coke when there was no need.

Since then Paulsgrove Primary School in Hampshire has decided not to administer any of Jordan's diabetes medicines, including his insulin.

The decision has been criticised by his mother as well as Diabetes UK, and Jordan's doctor personally visited the school to try to change the head teacher's mind.

Diana, 33, said: "I know it's not compulsory for the school to give him his insulin but it's life-saving.

"Life is hard for Jordan without having to have his mum come into school every day in front of his friends.

"I can't keep doing this. I can't be the only single parent out there with this problem."

Libby Dowling, care advisor for Diabetes UK, said schools have no obligation to administer insulin to pupils.

But under the Disability Discrimination Act diabetes is classed as a disability and children shouldn't be discriminated against because of their disability.

She said: "It's not appropriate for a parent to have to come in every lunchtime to inject a child. It's extremely stressful for the parent."

Head teacher Darren Nickerson said a solution was being sought.

He added: "We really want to support Jordan in managing his diabetes and have been working with the local diabetic nurse.

"We are working towards staff members being able to administer insulin for Jordan but as this would be on a voluntary basis, we need to be sure that our staff are comfortable with undertaking a potentially life-saving procedure."

Diabetes mellitus is a condition in which the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly.

It is incurable but can be treated successfully with insulin - a hormone produced by the pancreas that helps glucose enter the cells where it is used as body fuel.

Type 1 diabetes develops if the body is unable to produce any insulin. It usually appears before the age of 40 affecting between 5 to 15 per cent of all people with diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes develops when the body can still make some insulin, but not enough. In most cases this is linked with being overweight and affects mainly people over the age of 40.

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