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S5W-05468: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 12 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what progress there has been in implementing a national improvement programme to increase the proportion of people with type 1 diabetes with optimal glycaemic control, as outlined in its 2014 Diabetes Improvement Plan.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 22 December 2016

The Scottish Diabetes Group (SDG), our national advisory group and its subgroups have agreed national glycaemic levels and have been holding quality improvement meetings to promote and share good practice throughout our diabetes communities in order to achieve these.

Further to this, work is progressing to develop early intensification strategies and new national structured education packages for people newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

The Scottish Government has increased the number of insulin pumps to over 3,200 since 2010 supported by funding of £7.5m. This represents an almost fourfold increase against the baseline figure of 696 in December 2010.

The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP recently announced that the Scottish Government would invest £10m during the lifetime of this Parliament, to further increase the provision of insulin pump therapy and Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM).