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S5W-05448: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that continuous glucose monitoring is provided to all people with diabetes who need it.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 22 December 2016

Scottish Government works closely with the Scottish Diabetes Group, our national advisory group, to oversee and drive implementation of our Diabetes Improvement Plan (2014) to improve care and treatment for people living with diabetes in Scotland. The Plan includes a range of actions that aim to support improvements in glycaemic control, including the development of a national approach to the provision of Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM).

Our national approach has been developed taking account of the clinical evidence which recommends the use of CGM devices for a small number of people with diabetes as an aid to improve glycaemic control, but does not recommend CGM for routine use. Clinicians are best placed to provide specific advice and support to individuals, based on their circumstances, which can include the provision of CGM where a clinical need for one is identified. The national approach will support clinicians in the provision of this technology and ensure that those who would clinically benefit from it can receive it.

To support this, we are investing over £10m over the term of the Parliament, to increase the provision of insulin pump therapy and CGM.