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[IPk] Department of Health insulin pump statement

For those that are interested, two new pages have appeared on the Diabetes
UK website (http://www.diabetes.org.uk) about pump therapy:

1) http://www.diabetes.org.uk/diabuk/health/position/pump.htm - This is the
Diabetes UK position statement on pumps which was released last April. It
was posted here previously, and has been available on the Insulin Pumpers
UK website (http://www.insulin-pumpers.org.uk)

2) http://www.diabetes.org.uk/diabuk/health/position/pump2.htm - This is a
Department of Health statement recently released. The text is as follows:

The Department of Health states:

'Although pumps are not in wide use across the country, if resources allow,
hospital consultants may prescribe insulin pumps as part of NHS treatment.
Health authorities may also provide equipment prescribed as part of NHS
treatment either permanently or on loan. In these circumstances no charge
should be made. However, it is for the health authorities to make decisions
about the best use of their resources on the basis of locally determined
clinical priorities and needs.

'Insulin delivery systems are currently being considered within the
diabetes National Service Framework (NSF). The Expert Reference Group (ERG)
will take into account education and resource issues, and the need for
further research on the effectiveness of pump therapy treatment.
Effectiveness will be considered with regard to both diabetes control and
quality of life for people with diabetes.

'The ERG has been invited to advise the National Institute for Clinical
Excellence (NICE) on which diabetes technologies might be referred to NICE
for guidance. Recommendations will be forwarded to the NICE secretariat.'

1 August 2000

End of statement


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