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S5W-15319: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 15 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with (a) NHS boards and (b) the Scottish Health Technologies Group regarding the roll-out of the FreeStyle Libre glucose monitoring system.

Answered by: Shona Robison 27 March 2018

The Scottish Government advisory group on diabetes, Scottish Diabetes Group (SDG), has engaged with NHS Boards to provide as much assistance as possible to overcome the lack of evidence-based, safety and cost-effectiveness of FreeStyle Libre ®.

The SDG has provided advice to help identify people who should be considered for NHS funded FreeStyle Libre ®across Scotland. The advice is broadly in line with Diabetes UK consensus guideline.

Furthermore, to support a more consistent approach across the NHS Boards in Scotland, the SDG has referred FreeStyle Libre ®to the Scottish Health Technologies Group (SHTG), which has the remit to provide independent and unbiased advice on evidence about the clinical and cost effectiveness of technologies that are considered likely to have significant implications for patient care in Scotland.