Jab row anger stuns diabetic

Diabetic Diane Ashcroft abused by a customer in The Stag at Orrell
Diabetic Diane Ashcroft abused by a customer in The Stag at Orrell

A DIABETIC has told how she was subjected to a verbal attack while eating out - because she took her medication in public.

Diane Ashcroft has told of her upset and hurt after being taken to task by another customer after he watched her administer an insulin injection into her upper arm while sat in the restaurant.

The irate diner accused her of “ruining his meal” and scaring his two children when she produced her hypodermic syringe before eating at The Stag at Orrell Post.

Mrs Ashcroft, who is 46, suffers from Type One diabetes and has to administer a shot of insulin immediately before she eats.

Mrs Ashcroft, of Langdale Crescent, Abram said: “I have never come across this type of discrimination or prejudice before and it has to happen here in my home town. I felt quite afronted.

“I need to inject and experience has taught me that it is very wise to inject the moment that I have the food in front of me. There have been a number of occasions where I have injected only for my food to arrive 20 or 30 minutes later. or my food was cold.

“This can be dangerous. I use my own discretion and find a quite place to inject, turning my back on the public.

“I don’t use the toilets because it’s not a sterile place to inject.

“I couldn’t quite believe it when this person, who was in his early 30’s I would guess, came up to me and complained that his children were present and that it was unfair that they had to be exposed to my injecting,

“I was so startled by this that I went across to try to explain my situation, only to be called ignorant and bad mannered and he even compared my treating myself for diabetes with the same social unpleasantness of breaking wind in public, which is utterly ludicrous.

“There are many children who are diabetic and require to inject themselves. Instances of diabetes are on the rise and people need to educate themselves about this disease.

“I certainly have no reason to believe that his children were in any way harmed.”

Mrs Ashcroft added that staff at The Stag were very understanding about her need to inject herself before her meal.

Care Advisor at leading health charity Diabetes UK Deepa Khatri, said: “We are appalled that some people object to people with diabetes injecting insulin in public.

“For people who treat their diabetes with insulin this is not a choice - insulin keeps them alive and injections have to be administered at specific times. People should be able to inject in public without fear of being mocked or shunned.”