Submitted on Tuesday 30th August 2011
Published on Wednesday 31st August 2011
Current status: Closed
Closed: Friday 31st August 2012
Allow Type 2 Diabetics the means to test their own blood sugar
Across the country, Diabetics are being denied Test strips to monitor and control their blood sugar, meaning millions will eventually suffer complications like gangrene, blindness, heart failure and premature death. Many are also beiing denied regular HBa1C tests which test the average blood sugar over previous 2-3 months. Although this is being justified on the grounds of a recent scientific study, this is in reality a cynical short-term cost cutting exercise.
The government has stated that PCTs should not have a blanket policy on this. But it is evident from all the major Diabetic forums that that they do and are pressuring Doctors into compliance.
I would call on the government to stop this blanket policy immediately, and allow doctors to reinstate test strips for Diabetics who wish to manage their own condition.
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