HC Deb 08 March 2004 vol 418 c1327W
Mr. Swayne

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to withdraw the free distribution of blood glucose test strips; and if he will make a statement. [158823]

Ms Rosie Winterton

Blood glucose testing strips will remain available free of charge to those people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes whose condition is controlled by insulin or tablets. Those people who have type 2 diabetes that is controlled by diet alone are not exempt from National Health Service prescription charges on that basis.

We have no plans to remove blood glucose testing strips form NHS prescriptions.