I understand the frustration experienced by many people living with diabetes who still cannot use Flash GM and Continuous Glucose Monitoring technologies for the purpose of driving.
I know that these types of monitoring devices are easier, quicker and less painful than routine finger-prick glucose monitoring and can transform peoples’ lives. I appreciate that the DVLA’s delay on this important matter must have been a significant cause of frustration.
In January 2019, the UK Government announced the DVLA is currently amending the Assessing Fitness to Drive guidance on the use of new monitoring technologies for people with diabetes. The revised guidance – which will apply across the UK – is due to be published in February. The UK Government says this will allow the testing of interstitial fluid for driving licensing purposes for people with diabetes who drive cars or motorcycles. I assure you I will follow developments on the publication of this guidance very closely.
Diabetes is one of the most serious public health problems facing the UK today and I believe that there should be concerted action to support the estimated four million adults and children in the UK living with the condition.
I believe it is paramount that we do all we can to support people living with the condition. I believe that glucose monitoring devices should be available across all health boards in Scotland. More widely, I also support the introduction of a ten-point prescription plan that would transform our NHS in Scotland and ensure it is there for everyone who needs it. This includes a commitment to provide access to vital lifesaving medicines, and to use the tax powers of the Scottish Parliament to deliver more money for our NHS.