The thrill-seekers amongst us will be delighted to be informed that the provision of insulin pumps in Scotland was debated in the Scottish Parliament last week, in a motion introduced by David Stewart MSP (I never knew he got into politics after Eurythmics split up…)
The Parliament’s full report can be found here:
For those who can’t be bothered to read it all, in summary it says:
- Pumps are good
- Scotland is at the bottom of the league table of western health care systems’ delivery of insulin pumps (Yay! Go us!)
- Scottish health boards don’t spend any money on pumps
- Ross Finnie MSP is Type One (Hurrah! We’re represented!)
- Although initially expensive, pumps work out cheaper in the end due to fewer complications
- It’s silly that NICE demands you have bad control before you’re eligible for a pump
- Did we say pumps are good?
For those that can’t even be bothered to read my summary, I’ve also illustrated this post at the top right with a word cloud made up of the content of the debate!
That pumps are being debated in Parliament is definitely a Good Thing and David Stewart should be congratulated for keeping diabetes and pumps on the agenda, as their provision in Scotland is shamefully low. However, whether we will see any great changes in the coming year or two remains to be seen. As always, I remain cynical but it’s nice to see diabetes isn’t being forgotten.