Diabetes: Screening

Health written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what restrictions there are upon the (a) availability, (b) type and (c) numbers of home blood testing strips for people diagnosed with diabetes.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

Testing strips for blood glucose monitoring available on national health service prescription are restricted to those listed at Part IXR of the Drug Tariff. However, as with any medicine or appliance, which type is best for the patient and how many are prescribed are matters for discussion between the patient and their healthcare professional.

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