This dog was underwhelmed to hear that 7% of people with Type 1 diabetes in the UK now have access to an insulin pump. Compared to 15% in Germany and 40% in the good old US of A, it’s a step in the right direction but a very long way from where we need to be. Things are slightly better if you’re a kid, 19% of them now have pumps, but that’s still pretty paltry compared to other countries.
On the positive side, five years ago only 2% of broken pancreas types had a pump, so we have made progress. Just at a very slow rate. Let me put it this way, if I fetched sticks at this pace, they would have taken root by the time I got to them. Come on chaps, lets speed this up a bit.
And if you’re having trouble accessing pump therapy in England/Wales/NI you can contact INPUT via www.inputdiabetes.org.uk and Scots can reach iPAG on www.ipagscotland.org – both are as persistent as the proverbial dog with a bone when it comes to helping people fight for pumps.