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Diabetics (Syringes)

Volume 78: debated on Wednesday 1 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the rate of supply per patient per annum of U100, or similar, glass syringes for (a) child diabetics and (b) adult diabetics.

We only have figures of the total number of syringes dispensed on GPs' prescriptions. Some patients purchase their syringes privately and others have them supplied through the hospital service.

198119821983
Number of Syringes dispensed on GPs' prescriptions85,40085,10096,900
Estimated number of insulin dependent diabetics*234,100233,970234,230
* Based on the advice that 0ยท5 per cent. of the population are insulin dependent diabetics.