Re: [IPk] Pump Funding Criteria
Ludicrous! It seems to me that they are thinking of a pump as say a course
of antibiotics - take them, get better and stop - rather than say tablets
for high blood pressure or underactive thyroid where you need to keep on
taking the tablets...
I am sure Diabetes UK would be helpful. Perhaps also the local Healthwatch?
On 5 December 2013 18:14, Suzanne Allen <email @ redacted>wrote:
> I went to see the Diabetic Nurse at my local hospital today and asked her
> about pump funding. She told me that whereas pumping funding used to be
> decided every four yours, the life of the pump, it is now decided
> The decision about whether further funding will be made for a patient rests
> in the hands of a non-clinician! Why? This person is only interested in
> HbA1c results regardless of the health benefits you may have reaped from
> being on the pump! So it doesn't matter that I haven't had background
> retinopathy for the last three years, only what my HbA1c is! Apparently
> this person wants to see improvements with each 6 monthly review. Though I
> imagine there must be a point at which you can't improve much more.
> I can understand funding being withdrawn if patients don't really make any
> progress with their pump, but where people have improved their score since
> they were on the pump, this should be taken into account even if they don't
> reach the gold standard.
> I really think that Diabetes UK should know about this and put up a fight
> our behalves. I intend to write to them to apprise them of the situation.
> Anyone got any thoughts on the above?
> Suzanne Allen
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