The Turnbull Government is yet to deliver a single one of the life-saving devices promised to children with diabetes at the election.
The Government committed to delivering 4000 continuous glucose monitoring devices to Australians under 21, but reports today reveal that not a single device has been distributed – and the Government can’t give a clear date for when the devices will be delivered.
Continuous glucose monitoring devices can literally save lives, by continually monitoring blood glucose levels through sensors placed under the skin, and linking to hand-held devices such as mobile phones or insulin pumps.
CGM technology reduces the risks associated with Type 1 diabetes and improves quality of life.
Shadow Minister for Health said it was a joke that the Government couldn’t even provide details of who would get the devices and when they would be rolled out.
“It’s appalling that eight months after the election the Government hasn’t got their act together to deliver these life-saving devices to young Australians with diabetes,” Ms King said.
“These devices have the ability to make a real difference to the lives of people with diabetes, and yet the Government is leaving families waiting with no information.
“There is bipartisan agreement on this initiative, with Labor committing to a broader CGM access scheme during the election, so there is absolutely no excuse for the Government to not be delivering it.
“Young Australians and their families shouldn’t be left waiting on something so important.”
WEDNESDAY, 1 MARCH 2017