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News > Parliamentary Debate on Access to Diabetes Technologies

A Westminster Hall Debate on access to diabetes technologies took place on 23rd November 2016. The debate brought together Members of Parliament who shared their views on how to accelerate access to new, innovative diabetes technologies.

Derek Thomas, Member of Parliament for St Ives, who tabled the debate, paid credit to the work of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Vascular Disease and highlighted the Group’s latest inquiry into patient access to technology. He stated that the APPG recognises that access to technology facilitates the earlier and more accurate identification of people at potential risk of diabetes-related complications.

He went on to reference three of the 12 recommendations listed in the APPG’s latest report. The first is that the NHS must consider steps to become more flexible when commissioning or supporting the commissioning of new technologies designed to improve patient outcomes. The second recommendation is that the NHS and industry should work together to harness innovation and promote better treatment for patients. Thirdly, he referenced the recommendation that NHS England should consider how to introduce measures to incentivise the screening and diagnosis of patients at risk of peripheral arterial disease in primary care settings.

Nicola Blackwood MP, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, added her voice to the tributes paid to the All Party Parliamentary Groups Vascular Disease and Diabetes and to Diabetes UK. She stated her intention to study the Group’s recommendations and consider them carefully.

The Group will continue to promote best practice in the delivery of vascular services, including working to ensure that patients have equitable access to technologies no matter where they live in the country.

The full debate can be found here: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2016-11-23/debates/93A809F9-F1B6-49E1-97A8-7FE9B2F18A40/DiabetesTechnologies?highlight=Access%20diabetes%20technologies#contribution-D4F0374A-C598-4FAD-8703-A10BE317BAF5