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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06064: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 11 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to encourage the use of technology in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of diabetes patients.

Answered by: Shona Robison 20 January 2017

Plans to encourage the use of technology in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of diabetes are set out in the Scottish Diabetes Improvement Plan published in November 2014.

Since 2010 we have increased the number of insulin pumps fourfold to over 3,200 supported by funding of £7.5 million and the First Minister announced, on 7 December 2016, £10 million funding to increase the provision of insulin pump therapy for adults and Continuous Glucose Monitoring devices over the term of this Parliament.

We have promoted networking and mechanisms to support innovation such as the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) and the use of virtual clinics.

In addition, through the use of My Diabetes My Way we encourage patients to self-manage their condition.