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PE01619: Access to Continuous Glucose Monitoring


Petitioner: Stuart Knox


Date Lodged: 13 October 2016

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to make continuous glucose monitoring sensors, such as Freestyle Libre, available under prescription to all patients with type 1 diabetes.

Petition History:


24 November 2016: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Diabetes UK and to undertake engagement to gather the views of people affected by type 1 diabetes. Link to Official Report 24 November 2016

2 March 2017: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 2 March 2017 

11 May 2017: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government and to defer further consideration of the petition until the Committee holds its fact-finding visit. Link to Official Report 11 May 2017

21 September 2017: The Committee agreed to invite the Scottish Government to provide evidence at a future meeting and to invite the petitioner to make a written submission in light of the Scottish Government's most recent submission. Link to Official Report 21 September 2017

22 March 2018: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, NHS boards and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network. The Committee also agreed to invite the petitioner to make a written submission. Link to the Official Report 22 March 2018

28 June 2018: The Committee took evidence from Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, Gillian Gunn, Team Leader Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke, and Richard Shearer, Senior Policy Officer, Strategy Planning and Clinical Priorities Team, Healthcare Quality and Improvement Directorate, Scottish Government. The Committee agreed to reflect at a future meeting on the evidence heard and invite the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport to provide evidence at a future meeting. Link to Official Report 28 June 2018

24 January 2019: The Committee agreed to reflect on the evidence heard from the Cabinet Secretary at a future meeting. Link to Official Report 24 January 2019

Written Submissions: 


Please help Type 1 diabetics gain better control of blood sugars. We are asking the Scottish Parliament to consider the supply of Continuous Glucose Monitors on the NHS. Currently it costs a diabetic around 40-60 pounds for a sensor, which only lasts between 5 and 14 days.

These sensors make a massive difference when a diabetic can monitor sugar levels as often as they need without the need for constant finger pricking. With this monitor they can have more frequent information, can see at a glance their blood sugar levels over a period of time, therefore they can have better control over their diabetes. It really does make a difference. Please take a minute to sign this petition and help make that difference. 

Live in England but support this petition . If Scotland is enlightened enough perhaps England will follow

Wendy Harris

12:12 on 10 Oct 2016

This is a matter of life or death and should be considered an essential Type 1 Diabetic monitering tool kit essential. Great invention takes the stress,anxiety and the right to every individuals LIFE

Angela Sharkey

23:01 on 09 Oct 2016

I have been type 1 diabetic for 40 years and no longer have any warning signs of hypos which is extremely dangerous but I have been refused funding for a CGM despite the serious situations I have been in and paramedics being called out several times to get me out of life threatening hypos

Margaret Oliphant

17:31 on 05 Oct 2016

Because these devices measure continuously, it makes it much, much easier to catch a rapid drop in blood sugar long before it gets anywhere near being dangerously low. For a diabetic, that is priceless.

Scott Cownie

20:35 on 04 Oct 2016

My daughter hates pricking her fingers every day with needles she also has injections several times a day, this would make life a little better for her, I live with 2 type 1 diabetics and if this makes life a little easier for them then so be it..

Hilary Ross

14:36 on 27 Sep 2016

My son and daughter are both Type 1 and to be able to keep an eye on blood sugar levels with this would make a massive difference to their lives. Good luck with this petition.

Ann-Marie Nicolson

21:34 on 26 Sep 2016

Please - this would make my little girls life a little bit easier!


21:21 on 26 Sep 2016

Please consider funding to make this available on NHS.

Gail Joyce

7:50 on 26 Sep 2016

Surely this should be available free. Cost should never come into people's health and wellbeing

Isla Anderson

22:08 on 25 Sep 2016

Let's help if we can folks

Ann-Marie Macaskill

22:27 on 23 Sep 2016

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