Only 9 Flash GM sensors have been prescribed in Wakefield since January, despite there being 1,795 people with type 1 diabetes in Wakefield.

Flash Glucose Monitoring (Flash GM) technology, such as Freestyle Libre, is a new lifesaving glucose monitoring system for people with type 1 diabetes, which reduces the amount of times a person needs to use a finger prick test.

From 1 April 2019, NHS England introduced new national guidance for prescribing Flash GM, and confirmed that funding is available for all Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) to recoup their costs.

There are approximately 1,795 people with type 1 diabetes in Wakefield, and up to 20% of them could benefit from the devices.

However, open prescribing data reveals that only 9 Flash GM sensors were prescribed by Wakefield CCG between January 2019 and end of April. Each sensor lasts around 14 days, so 9 sensors would be enough for one person for approximately 4.5 months. These prescribing rates are unusually low when compared to CCGs like Leeds (43), Greater Huddersfield (62), Barnsley (355), Sheffield (725), and Liverpool (2,805).

Wakefield MP Mary Creagh has been pushing Wakefield CCG to provide Flash GM more widely. She said,

“Flash Glucose Monitoring has the potential to transform the lives of people with type 1 diabetes living in Wakefield. I have written to local health bosses urging them to implement the national guidance, and asking why so few sensors have been prescribed in Wakefield.

“They have assured me they are implementing national guidance, but the full prescribing picture will not show up until the July 2019 data is released.

“Everyone should have access to the medicines they need, not just those who can afford it.

“I urge anyone who feels the same to sign my petition.”

You can sign Mary’s petition here: https://www.marycreagh.com/news/petitions/2018/10/11/flash-glucose-monitoring-petition/

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