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Re: [IPk] Pump article in Balance



Carmel

I think you have hit the nail on the hit about the government not wanting to 
promote expensive pump therapy (even if it saves #s in the long run).

It is interesting though that the highest proportion of pump users is 
amongst doctors themselves.


Ingrid

>From: "Carmel Matthews" <email @ redacted>
>Reply-To: email @ redacted
>To: email @ redacted
>Subject: Re: [IPk] Pump article in Balance
>Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2001 17:04:07 -0000
>
>I wonder if the drug companies have something to do with this. after all
>they make money out of the drugs they research and produce for type 2
>diabetics. The islet transplants are said to be for type 1s so if we're
>all going to be cured soon why bother taking an interest in us?!?
>Altrnatively I wonder if it is a government conspiracy not to promote too
>much interest in pump therapy in case too many people express a desire
>for a pump and they have to pay for it!!! Yes I have noticed the distinct
>lack of published information or diabetes willingness to discuss or
>promote CSII Pumps are widely used everywhere in Europe apart from the UK
>and Spain so it is not an American fad-my rant Carmel
>
> >From: jenny davey <email @ redacted> >Reply-To:
>email @ redacted >To: email @ redacted >Subject: Re:
>[IPk] Pump article in Balance >Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2001 16:11:57 +0000 (GMT)
> > >I am not surprised to hear about the reply you got >from Diabetes UK.
>They seem to have recently decided >to focus much more on type 2 diabetes
>(being cynical I >think they may receive more money from type 2s). > >As
>for the children's holidays, they have cut down >considerably on these
>this year, as a result of taking >funds from type 1 to type 2. I
>personally think this >is outrageous, as newly diagnosed children must
>need a >great deal of support. > >I joined Diabetes UK when I was
>diagnosed 5 years ago, >but I am losing interest in them with their
>sudden >shift in attitude. > >That is my rant! If anyone wishes to argue
>please feel >free!! > >Jenny > >--- "Audrey Sheal, SE Grampian"
> ><email @ redacted> wrote: > Dear All > > > > You might
>remember that I mailed the list a week or > > so ago saying that I had >
> > written to the Editor of Balance with a proposal for > > a "pumper's
>diary". > > > > I got a response from him yesterday, and I have to > >
>say that it was somewhat > > patronising. He said that (sic) 'pumps were
> > > interesting, however they had > > featured pumps in a recent issue
>(July/August 99) > > but they would keep my > > letter on file'. I am not
>saying that they should > > have said "yes" but the > > tone of the
>letter was ever so condescending. I had > > highlighted the recent > >
>increase in UK pump usage in my letter - but get the > > feeling from his
> > > response that it is not of interest.............. > > Probably I am
>just a bit > > offended and being palmed off like I am stupid! > > > >
>Interestingly, I also got a letter from the Family > > and Young People >
> > Volunteers team at Diabetes UK. I had volunteered > > to work on one of
>their > > children's holidays. This letter was equally > > dismissive and
>said, (sic > > again!) 'we get a lot of non medical volunteers, > > can't
>accommodate you all, > > if you do not hear from us in the next 9 weeks,
>we > > don't need you'. I know > > charity's have to cut costs, but there
>are ways and > > means of being efficient > > - whilst not cheesing off
>the enthusiast. > > > > Diabetes UK needs to become a bit more positive.
> > > > > Sorry for the rant........... > > > > Audrey Sheal > > IDDM 20
>years+, Pumper 4 months > > > >
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