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£1.5m insulin pump funding for young patients announced

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An extra £1.5 million will provide more youngsters with diabetes with “life-changing” insulin pumps in Scotland.

Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon said the cash would help ensure a pledge to make the devices available to 480 children and teenagers with type 1 diabetes is met by the end of March next year.

The pumps are attached to the person’s body and are programmed to administer the correct amount of insulin, removing the need for insulin injections.

Ms Sturgeon said they could help give youngsters with diabetes a “normal childhood”.

The charity Diabetes UK Scotland said access to insulin pumps had been “shockingly low” for too long.

But it described the £1.5 million - which comes on top of £1 million announced earlier this year - as “great news”.

Almost 12% of all those with diabetes in Scotland have the type 1 condition of the disease.

The number of people who suffer from this is on the rise, having increased from 26,294 in 2006 to 27,910 in 2010. This includes 2,872 under-18s who have type 1 diabetes.

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