March will high­light di­a­betes mon­i­tor fight

Mid Louth Independent - - OPINION | YOUR LETTERS -

Dear Edi­tor,

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

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