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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-05470: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 12 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to ensure that people with diabetes who require an insulin pump have timely and appropriate access to them, as outlined in the 2014 Diabetes Improvement Plan.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 22 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 1 diabetes to more than 2,000 was met by 1st April 2015 supported by £7.5m of Scottish Government funding.

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

Following the achievement of CEL 04 (2012) the Minister for Public Health, Maureen Watt, wrote individually to all NHS Boards in June 2015.

The letter highlighted the importance of consistent delivery of insulin pump therapy as part of diabetes management. It also asked NHS Boards to make sure that people who are clinically suitable are identified and initiated onto pump therapy at the earliest opportunity.

The additional investment of £10m recently announced will support NHS Boards in meeting those expectations.