NHS Scotland released their annual Scottish Diabetes Survey this week. The report is compiled from data that has been collected by all 14 NHS boards in Scotland. It records the number of people with diabetes, its effect on their health and the progress that is being made to improve the delivery and outcomes of care.
The survey highlights that 28,272 people have type 1 which is 11.4% of all registered people with diabetes in Scotland. This number is increasing year on year and is up 7.5% from the 2006 figure of 26,294. This reflects the rising incidence of type 1 diabetes in children over the last 40 years.
There is some encouraging news in the report on the number of people with type 1 diabetes on an insulin pump, which has increased from 696 (2.5%) in 2010 to 884 (3.09%) in 2011. This is a positive step towards ensuring all those who are eligible for a pump have access to one.
The Scottish Government recently committed at least £1 million to help NHS Boards deliver pumps to children under 18 who need one as well as tripling the amount of pumps available to all people with the condition in Scotland.
JDRF looks forward to the results of the next survey, to see a greater increase in access to insulin pumps.