The charity Diabetes UK is calling for more access to insulin pumps for people with diabetes as new research shows they are more effective in improving blood glucose control and reducing hypoglycaemic episodes than traditional insulin injections.

The charity says current access to insulin pumps in the UK is patchy, with just 2 per cent of people with type-1 diabetes using pumps.

Simon O'Neill, director of care, information and advocacy at Diabetes UK, said: 'In the long term, it would benefit the NHS by reducing the cost of treating diabetic complications, which currently runs at£5bn a year.

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