Thursday, 3 August 2017

NHS investigation reveals service is rationing wheelchairs

NHS investigation reveals service is rationing wheelchairs The NHS is refusing to supply wheelchairs for tens of thousands of vulnerable patients, an investigation has found.

Some health trusts are turning down as many as two thirds of adults and children referred by GPs for wheelchair services.

And many of those deemed eligible for wheelchairs are having to wait more than four and a half months for them to arrive.

More than 6,600 adults and children had to wait longer than the target 18 weeks in the last three months alone.

The investigation by Buzzfeed News exposes the extent to which cost-cutting NHS trusts are looking for new ways to save cash.

Many are already denying patients hip and knee replacements and cataract surgery unless they meet strict eligibility rules. The Daily Mail

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