As the new pumps numbers are out for the 2011 Diabetes Survey the Evening Times has published this article today 25th July 2012
City misses out on key diabetes treatment
ACCESS to revolutionary treatment for diabetes in Glasgow is lagging far behind other parts of Scotland. A postcode lottery for young people suffering from the condition across Scotland has been revealed by the chief executive of NHS Scotland, Derek Feeley.
Scottish Government targets require that 25% of Type 1 insulin- dependent diabetics under 18 have access to insulin pumps by March next year.
Insulin pumps help people with Type 1 diabetes to control blood sugar by mimicking the action of a healthy pancreas and giving exactly the right does of insulin.
The pumps can stop long-term effects of the condition such as blindness and limb loss.
But just 50, or 8.4%, of Type 1 diabetics aged 18 or under in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area now have the pumps.
To reach 25% by the target date, NHSGGC must get 99 more youngsters on pump therapy by March next year.
The figures in Lanarkshire are even more worrying. At the last count in the NHS Lanarkshire area, no-one under 18 was getting insulin pump therapy.