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PLEASE DON'T DO THIS!!

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by BigRedSwitch, Sep 5, 2015.

  1. BigRedSwitch

    BigRedSwitch Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I just saw this in the IDDT Magazine.

    We all get insulin, needles etc on the NHS. Given the fact we all pay tax, that's fair enough. Please DO NOT claim for things that you can sort out with food. An alternative to basically taking advantage of the NHS in this manner is buying jelly babies or 'full fat' coke.

    Taking advantage of situations like this will make things worse for us in the long run. The NHS is already overstretched, and the Tory government is looking to get rid of it altogether - don't help them by being cheap-skates - you do not need to get this stuff on the NHS. Doing so is just being utterly selfish.

    I actually cannot believe that the magazine was dumb enough to post this.

    Please use your heads!!

    Thanks. :)
     
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  2. Natalie1974

    Natalie1974 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Completely agree...but why have they made them available on the NHS??
     
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  3. BigRedSwitch

    BigRedSwitch Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I have no idea. There was something else similar where Boots were offering all kinds of stuff for new Mums on the NHS (like baby wipes and calpol and the like) - I have two kids, and we paid for all of that because it's just taking a lend of something which shouldn't be abused!

    Abuse it and lose it! :(
     
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  4. Natalie1974

    Natalie1974 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    They're their own worst enemy...considering the pressure the NHS is already under you can't help thinking that they do it to themselves. I spent some time working in accounts at an NHS hospital and was utterly stunned at the amount of money spent on really stupid things.
     
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    Spiker Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    This really has the look of paid product placement aka "advertorial". What is IDDT Magazine anyway?
     
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    Squire Fulwood Type 2 · Expert

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    I agree.
     
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    CarbsRok Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    There you go http://iddt.org/
     
  8. Daibell

    Daibell LADA · Master

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    I agree but prefer glucose tablets anyway as they are much neater to carry around.
     
  9. urbanracer

    urbanracer Type 1 · Moderator
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    Maybe because for people that have extreme difficulty controlling thier hypo's, putting one of these in thier pocket costs £1.59 versus the average cost of an ambulance call out at £247 ? (2012/13 cost)
     
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    ann34+ Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Agree, hopefully, prescribing would depend on a GP assessment - it might turn out to save money in the long run in certain other cases - eg. for very young children it may prevent problems by being easier, and more agreeable, than fiddling about with opening and eating the cheaper glucose tabs, and sweets take a bit more time to have an effect than glucose, maybe also useful for the disabled, for the frail or arthritic elderly......etc.
     
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    ButtterflyLady Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    And yet some GPs will not give out ketone testing meters or strips and the strips cost only 1 pound!

    It's crazy what the NHS will fund and not fund. Similar issues here in NZ.
     
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  12. TooMuchGlucose

    TooMuchGlucose Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I agree, England really suffers from what has been referred to as the postcode lottery having lived in two different places the quality of care I've received has been drastically different.
     
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