We are asking people with diabetes totell uswhether they have been refused a prescription for blood glucose test strips in the last 12 months.
It is now almost a year since we published our report about blood glucose monitoring and restrictions on test strips, which found that test strips were being rationed by local health managers to save money, so we would now like to know whether you have experienced any recent restrictions to your access to test strips.
We believe that rationing blood glucose test strips because of financial constraints is an unacceptable example of short-termism that could be putting people’s health at risk and is also storing up long-term costs for the NHS because diabetes complications are extremely expensive to treat.
This is why we are calling for the removal of blanket policies on blood glucose monitoring, and want access to test strips to be decided on a case-by-case basis, in a joint decision-making process between the person with diabetes and their clinician.
Let us know if you have been affected by this issue by simply completing this shortsurvey.