Our diabetes action plan, which was published in 2010, sets out our vision for a world-class diabetes service and offers a comprehensive and ambitious programme of work that we are committed to implementing. The Scottish diabetes group has reported that good progress is being made on the implementation of the plan. For example, we have appointed national diabetes education and paediatric co-ordinators, enabled patients to access their own health data online, established a diabetes in-patient programme and consolidated our diabetes foot-screening programme. We will invest a further £900,000 in the programme this year.
Of course, it is for clinicians to determine the type of treatment that is most appropriate to an individual patient, having regard to local and national clinical guidelines. The member will be aware that the managed clinical network on diabetes has been established and is looking at implementing a prescribing strategy to address areas of variation in the way in which patients are prescribed with various forms of medication in the treatment of their condition. We will continue with that work and continue to support the work of the managed clinical network to reduce variation in how patients who have diabetes are treated in different parts of the country.
We are making significant progress in increasing the number of pumps that are available to under-18s and to those who are over 18. Some health boards have made greater progress than others, but the Government recognises the real difference that pumps can make to the lives of individuals should they be clinically appropriate. Of course, it will not always be clinically appropriate for patients to move on to an insulin pump. We are working with individual boards to make sure that they have plans in place to be able to deliver the increase in the use of insulin pumps that we want to see, particularly among our under-18s as well as in the wider patient group.