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RE: [IPk] article from bbc online



Good publicity for the pump - pity they didn't get a picture of one..

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Diana Maynard [SMTP:email @ redacted]
> Sent:	12 April 2000 09:25
> To:	email @ redacted
> Subject:	[IPk] article from bbc online
> 
> OK, so they got *most* of the facts right!
> Have a look at:
> http://news2.thls.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_709000/709575.stm
> (below) and
> http://news2.thls.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid%5F709000/709340.s
> tm
> 
> =========================================================
> 
>             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
>             many years. 
> 
>             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
>             dramatically. 
> 
>             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
>             bloodstream. 
> 
>             Better control 
> 
>             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
>             was given. 
> 
>             "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." 
> 
> 
>                                           Search BBC News Online
> 
> 
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