To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons prescriptions for blood-testing strips are being refused or restricted for individuals with diabetes.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will issue guidance to GPs to remind them that prescriptions for blood-testing strips should not be restricted for other than clinical reasons.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of diabetics who have had prescriptions for blood-testing strips withdrawn or restricted.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will take steps to make blood-testing strips more widely available for individuals with diabetes.
Prescriptions are a matter for individual clinicians. There are no national restrictions on the prescribing of blood glucose testing strips to patients with diabetes. It is for local commissioners and clinicians to make decisions on how these strips should feature in the provision of diabetes services for their local populations. A variety of brands of blood glucose testing strips are listed in the Drug Tariff for general practitioners to prescribe for their patients as required. We have no plans to issue guidance to general practitioners on this issue.