March will highlight diabetes monitor fight
Freestyle Libre Petition Presentation to TD’s - Type 1 Diabetesc Advocates, Grainne Flynn, Davina Lyon and Elizabeth Murphy, supported by Diabetes Ireland, will be presenting a petition to a number of TDs on Wednesday 18th April 2018, at the gates of Leinster House (Kildare Street) at 11:30am. The petition, signed by over 18,860 people is calling for the HSE to make the Freestyle Libre glucose monitor available to all people with diabetes based on clinical need at the discretion of their diabetes consultant and to remove the age barrier, recently set by the HSE. Join us and show your support.
The announcement last January by the Department of Health welcoming the HSE’s decision to reimburse Freestyle Libre with such restrictions leaves thousands of people with type 1 diabetes denied access to this life changing diabetes device.
Over 17,000 people with type 1 diabetes have been excluded from scheme. There are approximately 20,000 people with type 1 diabetes in Ireland. According to the 2012 Irish Paediatric Diabetes Audit, there are 2,750 children under 16 years with Type 1 diabetes. With the current restrictions on the reimbursement scheme only a small percentage of that number will be included and none of the 17,000 adults with type 1.
Minister Harris endorsed the HSE decision to reimburse FreeStyle Libre for children and young adults (up to the age of 21) with Type 1 Diabetes. However that’s where it stopped.
The game changing element of this device is in that the Freestyle Libre provides continuous glucose information throughout the day giving a person more information to base insulin dosing decisions.
Unlike Blood Glucose Monitoring via finger prick which provides very few data readings per day to make informed dosing decisions.
The Freestyle Libre is also more convenient, less invasive and comes at a reasonable cost to the health service.
Davina Lyon, Grainne Flynn and Liz Murphy invite members of the diabetes community to join us at the Diabetes Libre4All Rally, Wednesday 18th April 2018, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2, at 11:30am
We ask you, all Diabetics & members of the public, to please join us on a short walk from Leinster House to the Department of Health Offices, Hawkins Street where we will hand over a petition, signed by over 18,860 people.
Yours, Oliver Arthur