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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-05158: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 29 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that insulin pumps are available for people in all age groups with Type 1 diabetes.

Answered by: Shona Robison 14 December 2016

In February 2012, the Chief Executive Letter (CEL 04 (2012)) required Health boards to increase insulin pump therapy in line with national clinical guidance.

The commitment to provide insulin pump therapy to 25% of under 18s and for people of all ages with type one diabetes to more than 2,000 was met by 1 April 2015 supported by £7.5 million of Scottish Government funding.

Since the CEL, the number of people with insulin pumps has increased to over 3,200.

Over the course of this Parliament, the Scottish Government will invest almost £10 million to further increase the provision of life changing technology including insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors to all those who would clinically benefit from them.