182018Nov

Type 1 Diabetes

Some constituents have contacted me explaining how unfair it is that as Type 1 Diabetes sufferers they don’t have access to a Freestyle Libre yet other parts of the country offer this. I echoed the injustice to the Secretary of State for Health.

I was delighted that this week it was announced that tens of thousands of people with Type 1 diabetes across the country will now benefit from life changing glucose monitors on the NHS.

The wearable sensor does away with the need for inconvenient and sometimes painful finger prick blood tests by relaying glucose levels to a smart phone or e-reader.

NHS England will ensure the device, which is the size of a £2 coin and sits on the arm, is available on prescription for all patients who qualify for it in line with NHS clinical guidelines.

From April 2019, these patients will be able to receive it on prescription from their local GP or diabetes team helping them to better manage their blood sugar levels.