David Stewart MSP

Diabetes : MSP calls for more Scottish Government support

9 June 2010
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP David Stewart has welcomed the coming of Diabetes Week 2011 and again urged the Scottish Government to do more for people with the condition.
He has put forward a motion supporting the week, which will run from June 12 to 18, noting the work already being done to help diabetes sufferers, and calling for greater access to insulin pumps.
Mr Stewart said: “Scotland has the second highest prevalence of type 1 diabetes in Europe but the lowest pump provision.
” I urge the Scottish Government to challenge NHS boards to improve their record on widening access to insulin pump provision.”

David Stewart’s motion is as follows:
S4M-00241 David Stewart (Scottish Labour): That the Parliament welcomes Diabetes Week 2011, being run from 12 to 18 June and which aims to raise £200,000 to expand what is considered Diabetes UK’s vital Careline service, which provides practical information and support to anyone affected by diabetes; notes
that the theme of Diabetes Week 2011 is Let’s talk diabetes, which reflects the fact that too many people keep their diabetes a secret, which can be both physically and psychologically damaging; congratulates Diabetes UK Scotland for holding their own question time in March 2011 that brought
to the attention of the panel important and pressing issues such as poor access to insulin pumps services across Scotland; recognises that there are an estimated 228,000 people in Scotland who are diagnosed with diabetes and a further 60,000 who remain undiagnosed; further notes that Scotland has one of the highest prevalence of type 1 diabetes in Europe, with over 27,000 people living with type 1 diabetes and that insulin pump therapy provides a significant opportunity to improve quality
of life of people with type 1 diabetes, reduces risk of complications and frees up NHS time and resources; commends Diabetes UK Scotland for its campaign for greater access to insulin pumps, and looks forward to welcoming Diabetes UK to the Parliament on 29 and 30 June 2011 when it will be showcasing its healthy living programme aimed at schoolchildren in Scotland.

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June 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm

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