After lobbying local NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Craig Mackinlay MP has welcomed their recent decision to allow the FreeStyle Libre glucose monitoring system to be prescribed on the NHS to sufferers of type 1 diabetes. This decision was made following a recent review and evidence of the benefits the glucose monitoring system can have to coping with the disease.
The list of CCGs that will be following this new policy include: NHS Thanet CCG, NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG, NHS Ashford CCG and NHS South Kent Coast CCG. It is expected that prescriptions for the glucose monitoring system to patients with type 1 diabetes will start later in the New Year.
This issue made national headlines earlier this year with calls across the country to end what is being known as a prescription ‘postcode lottery’, where glucose monitoring systems may or may not be available on your local NHS depending on where you live.
Craig Mackinlay MP commented:
“I’m delighted that our local East Kent CCGs have decided to end the postcode lottery and provide the FreeStyle Libre glucose monitoring system on the NHS, which has even been highlighted in the national media.
“No one should underestimate the impact that type 1 diabetes can have on your daily quality of life, which is something that we all take for granted.
“If not monitored properly, it can sometimes result in blindness or require amputation if complications arise.
“Thanet in particular has been shown to have a higher rate of diabetes than the rest of the UK and, although this is not immediate, it is a significant step in the right direction.”