HC Deb 14 June 1988 vol 135 c155W
43. Mr. Bellingham

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what changes to services for diabetics have occurred since 1983.

Mrs. Currie

Provision of services for diabetics is shared by general practitioners and by district health authorities. This has not been changed during the period in question.

Over the period, as part of the development of services in the community the following items have become prescribable by general practitioners—

  • i. in 1983, U100 syringes for use with U100 strength insulin (insulin preparations were standardised to 100 units/ml in that year);
  • ii. from September 1987 disposable syringes and needles;
  • iii. from 1 June 1988 blood glucose testing strips.

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