Provide all diabetics with sensors- stop the postcode lottery!

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A diabetes sensor worn by the Prime Minister is proving costly for many people across the UK, with some people having to part with £90 a month for the device while others receive it for free on the NHS. The criteria? Well, it depends where you live.

Last week, Theresa May was spotted wearing the insulin sensor on her arm for a trip to Blenheim Palace during President Trump’s visit to the UK. The device works by monitoring blood sugar levels, letting the wearer know when they need to inject insulin and removing the need for continuous finger prick tests.

The sensor was given the go ahead to be prescribed on the NHS in November 2017 but its use is subject to approval by local health bodies and few places in the UK have made it available without charge to those who meet local criteria. Diabetes UK has created an interactive map to see where the sensor is freely available.

There are currently 86 NHS Trusts offering the sensor for free in England, out of 195. According to data supplied by Diabetes UK, 14 trusts are currently in the final implementation stages, while 21 are under review and 49 have no plans to make it available soon. There are 25 trusts for which there is no information.

The same data suggests that in Northern Ireland and Wales, the devices are available to all who need them and meet the criteria. In Scotland, six NHS trusts offer the sensor for free, while two are under review and in a further six it is not available at all.

Earlier this year, Diabetes UK warned that thousands of adults and children with diabetes are being denied the life-changing technology, also known as Flash Glucose Monitoring.