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Islanders with diabetes 'shouldn't rely on charity'

BBC Radio Jersey

A local charity wants the States to pay for wearable blood sugar monitors for local people with type 1 diabetes.

It comes as the UK government stepped up its commitment to provide them for more people with the condition.

The sensor reads blood sugar levels from fluid just beneath the skin and transmits them wirelessly to a display on a portable reader held near the sensor - reducing the need for finger-prick blood tests.

Currently, Diabetes Jersey provides monitors for 16 children at a cost of up to £25,000 a year.

Kate Hughes is the mother of one of the children it supports but she says she shouldn't have to rely on a charity for the monitor...

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