Sting in the tail for diabetes children

first_imgFacebook Diabetes Ireland says it is very concerned for children from Limerick, Clare and Tipperary who had been getting treatment in Dublin but who have been moved back to Limerick before the position of dietician is even advertised.The post is vital to the ongoing treatment of young children with type 1 diabetes and will allow for the roll-out of insulin pumps,  which in turn will save small children constant, painful injections.The dietician will make it possible for parents to get the complicated instructions to use the pump which delivers a small dose of insulin subcutaneously through a tiny tube, doing away with the need for several injections a day into tiny limbs.“We welcome the fact that the dietician will be appointed. That is a major breakthrough. But we are concerned that these children have been sent back to Limerick without the full supports in place to treat them. The diabetes unit in the Regional now has to cater for  children with fully fledged diabetes, who are using insulin pumps without the necessary back-up services,” a spokesperson for Diabetes Ireland told the Limerick Post.Diabetes Ireland has waged a long campaign to have children supplied with insulin pumps without having to travel five or six times a year to Dublin.“Evidence suggests that the pumps offer a high level of insulin control in childhood, and children who have them are much less likely to develop serious problems by the age of thirty. These are vascular problems which can become very serious and necessitate amputations,” the spokesperson said.HSE statistics  show there were 781 diabetes related limb amputations in 2010 and 2011, an increase of 20 per cent on the previous two years.When the dietician and a nurse support are in place, it will be possible to roll out the delivery of insulin pumps to children under the age of five in the next 12 moths, and for the following two years, other age groups up to young adults will be included. Twitter WhatsApp Email Print THERE was good news this week for children with diabetes and their parents, with the announcement that the post of children’s dietician for the diabetes unit in Limerick’s Regional Hospital is about to be advertised. However, the Limerick Post has learned that children who were being treated in Dublin have been sent back to Limerick before the support structures to treat them are put in place.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Linkedin Previous articleShannon is set to soarNext articleAwards highlight the best in Limerick admin NewsLocal NewsSting in the tail for diabetes childrenBy admin – November 22, 2012 484 Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. This week’s lettersLetter of the week Praising your bid to release talent As a personnel manager living in an area where unemployment is so low it isvirtually zero, you can imagine that recruitment and retention of staff is adaily issue. Talking to my opposite numbers in similar organisations in the area, it isobvious we are all fighting the same battle. None of us feel the answer lies inpoaching each other’s staff, as this does not resolve the real issue, which isa lack of people available for work. I fully support your move to get the Government to put systems and practicesin place to enable refugees and asylum-seekers to enter the workforce muchearlier. I also feel that if the British people can see they are not having tosupport these people there will be less animosity towards them and the lengthof time bureaucracy takes to reach a long-term decision about their future. Congratulations Personnel Today. Keep up the good work. Christine Sargeant Personnel manager Fesa UK Refugee skills audit is key task It is important to ensure that employers do not shy away from employingrefugees when they might well be the answer to their organisation’s skillsgaps. That is why a skills and qualifications audit of refugee and asylum-seekersis so important and is a vital task for councils to take on across the regions.There is no doubt that employers are currently put off by the complicationsof immigration law and other red tape, when there may well be a genuinebusiness case for employing refugees and asylum-seekers. Socpo applauds Personnel Today’s campaign and supports the development ofregional skills databases and employment co-ordination for refugees. Keith Handley Socpo president and programme change director City of Bradford MetropolitanDistrict Council Undervalued UK staff moving on I read your article Desperate bid for staff worsens war for talent withinterest (News, 19 June). I think the point that many UK employers are missing when it comes toskilled workers is one of personnel management. The average UK manager is moreconcerned with his own ego, than the morale of his staff. I am an independent contractor who left the UK about two years ago. Thereasons were: – The cost of getting to and from work and stress involved with the currentstate of public transport – Lack of jobs in my local area (North West) – Poor treatment by management – Inland Revenue bully-boy tactics – Quality of life – IR35 The UK produces some of the finest skilled workers in the world. However,most – like me – find that they are undervalued, and that the culture of”jealousy” eventually drives them away. I have heard several government ministers recently deny a mass exodus ofskilled people. This is ridiculous – if you go to any major European or NorthAmerican city, you will find large communities of British ex-pats. Andrew Cowan Via e-mail Why is three the magic number? I am very confused. I am a generalist personnel officer with two years’experience, but when I apply for jobs I am told that I need to have threeyears’ experience. What is this talismanic transition that happens at three years? I was a linemanager and a project manager before moving into HR – why doesn’t that count? What makes it even more intriguing is to read of the appointments of HRdirectors who have no background in HR. It seems we use one set of rules forthe top end of the profession and quite a different set at the other. Name and address supplied Culture of stress needs taming At the risk of offending the workforce, trade unions and generalpractitioners may I make a public appeal for the regulation of the mostprolific growth area in industry today – stress. If stress were a publiccompany the shares would be worth a fortune! Seriously, the point is not to be unsympathetic in cases of genuine hardshipbut to be critical of a culture which encourages employees to disappear forweeks, aided and abetted by their GPs, at the first sign of trouble. Nigel Bannister Hampshireiams, LettersOn 24 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more