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What the NHS needs is a 'Fair Use' policy

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I'm a trainee working on a ward where patients, unhappy to be discharged, threaten to repeat the habits that brought them in if we let them go home. We waste days and days on people until they're 'in a good place'. I have a family member who was recently diagnosed type 1 diabetes. The support they got initally was very poor because they were self motivated 'and already doing so well why would you provide them with any further help?' In certain areas of the country the best treatments such as insulin pumps aren't available to those whose control is good- even if it could make it better. If people can't be bothered to look after themselves then leave them to it- and support those who want and will benefit from advice. Why is the current NHS so geared to helping those who blatantly refuse to help themselves?

Posted date

27 Nov 2012

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8:31pm

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