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[IPk] article from bbc online
OK, so they got *most* of the facts right!
Have a look at:
Diabetic: Service was appalling
Diana Maynard requires an insulin pump to administer the hormone
The Audit Commission has criticised the NHS
over the standard of care it provides to Diabetics.
BBC News Online tells one woman's story.
Diana Maynard was aged just eight when she was
diagnosed with diabetes, but she is convinced that
sub-standard care in the following years is to blame for
her state of health today.
Now aged 28, Diana suffers
from a series of
complications related to her
condition. She is partially
sighted, her kidneys are
damaged and she has
damage to the nerves in her
hands and feet.
She blames this on the fact
that her diabetes was not
adequately controlled for
Diana, who recently moved
to Sheffield, where she
works as a researcher at
the university, has lived in
various parts of the country
and says the care she has received has varied
Most of the areas of the country she has lived in have
not been able to provide her with an insulin pump - a
piece of equipment which is worn by the patient 24
hours a day and gives small, regular doses of the
hormone every few minutes directly into the
Having a pump, which she was provided with while
living in Manchester but has not been available
elsewhere, allows better control of the intake, reducing
the chances of complications, and removes the need
for injecting several times a day.
The pumps cost £2,000 and have on-going costs of
around £15 a week.
Diana told BBC News Online: "I have suffered a lot of
problems and I now have complications as a result of
not having proper controls for years. A large part of
that I would attribute to doctors and the level of care I
"If I had had the insulin pump years ago, I am
convinced that would have helped.
"Partly it is down to doctors not having enough time.
You get your five minutes and that is it.
"The quality of the service has varied quite a lot. Before
I moved to Manchester it was appalling. I never saw
the same doctor twice.
"I have known people who have waited months after
being diagnosed for their first appointment and have not
been given any information at all in the meantime."
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