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11:33am 16th May 2018
(Updated 1:44pm 16th May 2018)

Diabetes patients in Harrogate are waiting to see if  a new life-changing technology that could help them safely manage their condition will be made available by the NHS. 

Flash Glucose Monitoring uses a small sensor that people wear on their skin that records blood sugar levels. 

Diabetes UK says its use is subject to approval by local health bodies.

In Yorkshire, nine clinical commissioning groups (CCGS) have decided against prescribing Flash, while in Harrogate and Rural Districts and Leeds people with diabetes are still waiting for a decision. 

Stephen Ryan, Head of the North at Diabetes UK, said:

“People’s health should not depend on an unfair postcode lottery. Everyone should be able to access the care and treatments necessary to safely manage their condition.

“Because Flash makes it easier to monitor and better control blood sugar levels, it improves lives, can save money, and reduces the risk of serious diabetes-related complications such as amputations and blindness.

"The NHS agreed to provide access in November, but people with diabetes in areas of Yorkshire have already been waiting for too long. CCGs should now have a policy providing access to Flash for free on prescription, so that everyone who can benefit from it, will.”

Bruce Willoughby, GP Governing Body Member, Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“We are committed to ensuring high quality, sustainable, health care is available for the people of Harrogate and Rural District. This includes considering innovations in health care technology that will improve the lives of people living with chronic conditions, such as diabetes.

“We first looked at flash glucose monitoring technology in November 2017 soon after the devices became available to prescribe under the NHS. At that time there were significant limitations in the available clinical trial data and economic analysis which made it difficult for us to assess the appropriateness of commissioning the technology.

“We did, however, commit to reviewing that decision and are currently working with our local health partners to understand how we will make this available.”

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