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Re: [IPk] BDA update
In message <email@example.com>, John Neale
<email @ redacted> writes
>2000 pounds does indeed seem like a lot of money. It is. And I believe the
>NHS should be paying for the pump and the infusion sets.
>In the meantime, if you went to your bank and asked for a 2000 pound loan
>repayable over 4 years (lets assume you have a good credit rating there),
>what would the weekly repayments be? Say 10% interest - that's 2900 over 4
>years. Divide by 4 x 52. 14 pounds a week. A bit more affordable? Perhaps.
Are you a member of a union or trade association? Many of them have
funds for members who need money for such things, and might be able to
help, or provide an interest-free loan.
But I still think the NHS should be paying! I assume that the problem
is that neither the pump nor the supplies are on "the list" of
prescribable items (this was the problem with lancets for the softclix,
until a year or so ago). Obvious question: have the manufacturers
asked? When? What was the response? Has NICE been asked? (Am I the
only reader of CS Lewis out here who can't type that without a slight
frisson?) When is a NICE response expected?
I personally think that I earn quite enough to be able to cover the £2
or £3 a day which the pump will cost - and so won't ask my union for a
loan (or, at least, I would earn enough if I didn't spend so much on
education and books). I would, however, ask them to support a campaign
to make pumps available on the NHS. The union in question is Unison -
which has a large health service membership, so this could be part of
the education of professionals programme.
So ... is there any likelihood of there being a formal campaign?
Ideally, of course, lead by the BDA.
Best wishes to all,
email @ redacted
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