Life-changing devices not being provided for diabetics

By Tim Pauling

Published: 22/05/2008

MINISTERS should hold health boards to account over why so few diabetics are provided with a “life-changing” electronic treatment device, it was claimed last night.

An insulin pump – about the size of a pack cards – dispenses measured amounts of insulin directly into the body and reduces the need for insulin injections from several times a day to just once or twice a week.

More than 26,000 people in Scotland suffer from type 1 diabetes, but only 326 use an insulin pump, and there are huge disparities between health boards.

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