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Health: Diabetes 1

Volume 718: debated on Monday 29 March 2010


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people in the United Kingdom who use an insulin pump; and what steps they are taking to increase insulin pump use among people with type 1 diabetes. [HL2857]

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) adults, and (b) children, with type 1 diabetes in the United Kingdom use insulin pump therapy. [HL2889]

There are no data held centrally about how many people in the United Kingdom use an insulin pump. However, in its suite of guidance on Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion for the Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) estimates that the number of patients using insulin pumps in England could be up to 8,000.

The NHS constitution makes it clear that patients have the right to drugs and treatments that have been recommended by NICE for use in the NHS (subject to any criteria specified in NICE's guidance) if that patient's healthcare professional considers that they are clinically appropriate.