Diabetes: Medical Equipment

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 29th January 2020.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to extend the issuing of continuous glucose monitoring systems to people who have diabetes.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Holding answer received on 27 January 2020

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are responsible for commissioning diabetes services, and the technologies that can be offered by these services which includes continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices, for their local populations. CCGs are best placed to do this as they are clinically led organisations that have both the local knowledge and accountability to make commissioning decisions in the best interests of their patients.

The National Health Service has committed through the Long Term Plan that from April 2020, pregnant women with type 1 diabetes will be offered CGM devices, helping to improve neonatal outcomes. NHS England will support the costs of CGM devices for these patients and roll out will commence shortly.

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