Jamie Reed MP has launched a petition calling on Government to make Continuous
Glucose Monitors (CGMs) available as a right on the NHS for adults and children living with Type 1 Diabetes.
CGMs are considered by many to be a less invasive technique than a Blood Glucose Meter, for measuring blood glucose. They work 24 hours a day and can include alarms to indicate when glucose levels are too high.
Research suggests that using this technology can help to reduce haemoglobin A1c without increasing the risk of a hypo. They can also help users to maintain target blood glucose levels and limit the risk of a hypo if they are used on a daily basis.
Access to this technology is limited on the NHS. However, investment in CGMs could save the NHS in the long term. This is because they can help to avoid severe night-time hypos, and severe hypos cost the NHS £13m a year.
The initial cost of the hardware for a continuous glucose monitor can vary from around £1,000 to £2,500. In addition to this, running costs are estimated at £40-£60 per 5-7 days.
Jamie Reed MP has spoken out against this important technology being accessible only to those patients with the resources to afford it.
Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said:
“I encourage everyone to sign this important petition, calling on Government to make Continuous Glucose Monitors available as a right on the NHS to children and adults living with Type 1 Diabetes.
“What is clear to me is that, despite the excellent efforts of NHS staff, people with Diabetes require a better service than the one that we currently receive. To make Continuous Blood Glucose Monitors available people with Type 1 Diabetes will both save the NHS money, and reduce the risk of a hypo, particularly in children.
“It is time that this technology is made available to all who need it, not just those that can afford it. It is also time that the Government act to develop a Diabetes Action plan. I pledge, as always, to continue to campaign for improved access to care and treatment for people living, like me, with Type 1 Diabetes”.