The MP for Carlisle has backed a petition to make continuous glucose monitors (CGM) available free to all adults and children with type 1 diabetes.
John Stevenso, Conservative MP for Carlisle, has supported a campaign launched by Jamie Reed, Labour MP for Copeland, to gather 100,000 signatures on a petition calling for the monitors to be made available on the NHS as a right to all those living with the condition.
The two MPs argue making CGMs available on the NHS would prevent severe hypos in people living with type 1 diabetes. Severe hypos currently cost the NHS £13m a year.
But NHS accessibility is limited, and while NICE recommends that the NHS should cover CGM costs for adults and children with hypo unawareness, patients otherwise have to purchase CGMs themselves, which can cost thousands of pounds.
Mr Stevenson said: “It is clear to me that continuous glucose monitors and flash glucose meters should be made available on the NHS. That’s why I have supported the petition calling for this to happen.
“We know that severe hypos cost the NHS £13m per year, and we know that CGMs could save the NHS money and that they reduce the risk of a hypo, particularly in children. It is right this technology should be accessible to all with the condition.
“I encourage all my constituents to sign and share the petition. Together we will raise awareness and ensure that both the Government and NICE are clear on the need to take action to support adults and children living with type 1 diabetes.”
As of writing, the petition has 23,000 signatures. The aim is to gather 100,000 signatures before January 5 so it can be considered for a debate in Parliament.
Sign the petition online here.

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