John Stevenson MP has this week demonstrated his support for the campaign to highlight the life changing importance of Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs) and Flash Glucose Meters to people living with Type 1 Diabetes. John has supported calls on the Government to make them available as a right on the NHS for adults and children living with the condition.
Access to CGMs and Flash Glucose Meters is limited on the NHS. However, investment in the technology could save the NHS in the long term. This is because they can help to avoid severe night-time hypos, and severe hypos cost the NHS £13m a year.
The Carlisle MP has also demonstrated his support for Jamie Reed MP’s petition to make CGMs available on the NHS, which has thus far gathered over 22,200 signatures. The petition aims to gather 100,000 signatures before 5th January in order to be considered for a debate in Parliament.
John Stevenson MP has set out that access to this important technology should be accessible to everyone living with Type 1 Diabetes, and not only those with the resources to afford it.
This news comes just months after Theresa May became the first known Prime Minister to have Type 1 Diabetes.
Carlisle MP, John Stevenson said:
“It is clear to me that Continuous Blood Glucose Monitors and Flash Glucose Meters should be made available on the NHS to people living with Type 1 Diabetes. That’s why I have supported the petition calling for this to happen.
“We know that severe hypos cost the NHS £13m per year, and we know that CGMs could save the NHS money and that they reduce the risk of a hypo, particularly in children. It is right that this technology should be accessible to all with the condition.
“I encourage all of my constituents to sign and share the petition in support of making CGMs available on the NHS. Together we will raise awareness and ensure that both the Government and NICE are clear on the need to take action to support adults and children living with Type 1 diabetes”.