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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-11567: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 27 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on making continuous glucose monitoring sensors available under prescription to (a) children and (b) adults with type 1 diabetes.

Answered by: Shona Robison 24 October 2017

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) is currently available from NHS Scotland as one of the treatment options in the management of glycaemic control for people living with type 1 diabetes.

To increase the provision of CGM for all age groups and insulin pump therapy for adults, the Scottish Government is investing £10m over the term of this Parliament.

We have worked closely with the Scottish Diabetes Group (SDG) on the development of a national approach that ensures appropriate CGM services are established in NHS Boards across Scotland.

£2m of this additional funding was invested during this financial year (2017-18). NHS Boards received their respective funding in June 2017 through the established allocations process.

The allocation of funding has taken into account a number of factors including the number of individuals with type 1 diabetes in each NHS Board area, equity of access and current levels of provision of adult insulin pumps and CGMs.