West Cumbrian MP Jamie Reed has tabled a Parliamentary Motion, known as an Early Day Motion (EDM), setting out the life changing importance of Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs) and Flash Glucose Meters to people living with Type 1 Diabetes, and calling on Government to make them available as a right on the NHS for adults and children living with the condition.
This follows the launch this summer of the Copeland MP’s petition to make CGMs available on the NHS, which has thus far gathered over 22,200 signatures. The MP aims to gather 100,000 signatures before 5th January in order for the petition to be considered for a debate in Parliament.
An EDM is a formal motion submitted for debate in the House of Commons which allows MPs to draw attention to a cause. The Copeland MP is therefore reaching out to the 22,270 people from across the country who have already signed his petition, asking them to make contact with their local MP and request that they demonstrate their support for the cause by signing both the EDM, and the petition.
The Copeland MP has suggested that people draw to the attention of their own MP the number of people who have already supported the petition in their constituency, which can be checked here. 216 people have already signed the petition in the Copeland constituency.
Since the creation of his petition, Jamie Reed has been contacted by hundreds of people and parents of children living with Type 1 Diabetes, setting out their personal reasons for supporting his campaign.
Access to CGMs and Flash Glucose Meters is limited on the NHS. However, investment in the technology 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.
Jamie Reed MP continues to make the case that this important technology should be accessible to everyone living with Type 1 Diabetes, not just those with the resources to afford it.
Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said:
“I call upon Government to make Continuous Blood Glucose Monitors and Flash Glucose Meters available on the NHS to people living with Type 1 Diabetes. To do so would transform the lives of those who are unable to self-fund, and will both save the NHS money, and reduce the risk of a hypo – particularly in children. It’s a no-brainer.
“Since launching this campaign earlier this year, I have been contacted by hundreds of adults and parents of children living with Type 1 who have shared their stories with me about how access to this important technology has or could change their lives.
“Thus far, we have over 22,270 signatures in support for the petition from every single constituency in the UK. Now is the time for supporters of this cause to get their MP on board with the campaign. I am asking people to contact their MP to request that they sign and share the petition, and that they put their name to Early Day Motion 565, to signal their support for the cause in Parliament. For clarity, front bench MPs are unable to sign EDMs owing to Parliamentary protocol, but they are able to sign petitions.
“Together we will raise awareness and ensure that both Government and NICE are clear on the need to take action to support adults and children living, like me, with Type 1 diabetes”.