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Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th December 2018.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans for blood glucose testing strips and needles to remain available by prescription.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

This is a matter for NHS England, working in partnership with NHS Clinical Commissioners to support clinical commissioning groups to use their prescribing resources effectively in the interests of their local population.

NHS England has launched a public consultation on proposals to update and review commissioning guidance on eight products, which includes blood glucose testing strips for type 2 diabetes and needles for pre-filled and re-useable insulin pens. The consultation runs from 28 November 2018 until 28 February 2019. Details of how to respond and attend the public consultation events can be found at the following link:


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