14th November 2018

Hemel Hempstead MP, Sir Mike Penning, has welcomed an announcement that thousands of people with type 1 diabetes will be able to be prescribed the new glucose monitoring system known as Freestyle Libre.

Sir Mike said:
“This is great news and all credit to the thousands of people, including many of my constituents, who have been lobbying for this. Up until now it has been a total postcode lottery and Hemel Hempstead residents who would benefit have been denied access by the local CCG.

“I have written on behalf of constituents to the Secretary of State, the NHS and the Herts Valleys CCG about this on numerous occasions. It just goes to show that persistence can pay off.

“I am delighted that this anomaly has been corrected on a national level.

“Common sense has prevailed.”

NHS England made the announcement to coincide with World Diabetes Day (14th November). The small device, which the Prime Minister has been seen wearing, is usually placed on the upper arm and will not be available on prescription to all patients who qualify.

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