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Diabetes care ineffective despite better access to services


I am appalled by the blatant victim blaming in the previous posts. I have a family member who at 39 has been diagnosed with renal failure and had never had a simple urinalysis done at her GP surgery and no access to specialist diabetic nurses due to cuts in funding. Her diabetes has been severly disrupted for the past 5 yrs by undiagnosed gastroparesis despite being seen by a GI consultant 5 yrs ago who commented that although she could find nothing wrong her stomach didn't seem to be emptying very well and left it at that. If it wasn't for a urine test that we did at home and research on the internet that turned up gastroparesis she would still be non the wiser. I agree that patients need to take part in managing their own conditions, but do we also have to diagnose ourselves? To add insult to injury she has repeatedly had "non compliant with treatment" written in her notes as her thyroid levels were so low despite being on high levels of Thyroxine, whereas it is now clear that due to the gastroparesis her medication was not being absorbed. I am convinced that these assumptions and other negative attiudes such as those expressed above will have in no small way contributed to the inadequate treatment she has received.

Posted date

18 June, 2010

Posted time

11:21 am