David Stewart MSP

North MSP calls for an end to postcode lottery for treatment of patients with diabetes

26 February 2009

David Stewart, Highlands and Islands Labour regional MSP has questioned the Minister for Public Health in the Scottish Parliament on treatment for diabetes patients.
Mr Stewart said, “I asked the minister if she was aware of the NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) technical appraisal report issued last year which recommended insulin pump therapy as a treatment option for adults and children, over 12, with type one diabetes. “There are major differences in performance among health boards in terms of insulin pumps and I enquired what plans the minister has to monitor health boards’ progress to avoid a post code lottery for patients with insulin dependent diabetes.”
“In response the minister agreed to continue to monitor the performance of health boards over this issue, to maintain current momentum and to revise diabetes plans where necessary.
“We now have an increasing number of our population affected by diabetes due to an ageing population and an increase in obesity.
“Unfortunately, at this time some health boards have been more able to introduce or expand insulin pump usage than others.
“It is essential that treatment for the diabetes is both effective and equally available in all health board areas.
“I will continue to monitor this issue”

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February 27, 2009 at 3:10 pm

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