Friday, 27 September 2013
#NHS R.I.P. .... The 21 medical treatments/operations no longer #free in parts of England's #NHS.
Labour's health team have produced another one of their regular NHS check reports. You can read it here at this (link). It has researched, quite thoroughly, which medical treatments are no longer being provided free of charge on the NHS in parts of England. The list below details the treatments and operations now being denied. Not every part of England is denying these treatments, so please try not to be overly alarmed, and in many ways it has become a postcode lottery. To see which Trusts are denying the treatments to patients, please see this second (link). Incidentally, the National Audit Office found similar rationing to some NHS patients which they detailed in this document (here).
The reason these denials/rationing of treatments are of such importance is that the localised denials of treatments are the first symptoms of the end of an NHS Free at the Point of Use. As it becomes more acceptable to deny a patient in Blackpool a medical treatment, it is only a matter of time before it is the norm in Preston. That is the way a gradual demise of our NHS is going to occur. By logic therefore if you are in an area where the treatments below are still free of charge do not regard this as someone else's fight. That is precisely how enemies of the NHS want us to respond and it is ultimately how the NHS will be destroyed.
- Varicose Veins
- Gall Stones (asymptomatic)
- Hip surgery
- Knee Surgery
- Caesarean (non medical)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Foramen Ovale Closures for recurrent Migraines
- Ultrasound (therapeutic use)
- Skin Lesions
- Hallux Valgus
- Dupuytrens Contracture
- Trigger Finger
- Dilation and Curettage
- Skin tag removal
Some of the treatments now being denied to NHS Patients in parts of the UK are quite common and easily understood. But let me put into context for you some of the more gobblygook operations being rationed for example a Hysteroscopy.
A Hysteroscopy can be used to help diagnosis cases where a woman’s symptoms suggest that there may be a problem with the womb. Symptoms might include:
- bleeding in between normal periods
- pelvic pain
- unusual vaginal discharge
- repeated miscarriage
- heavy or irregular periods
Labour's most recent health report has uncovered a new dimension to the rationing of treatments by NHS Trusts. Not only are the 22 treatments above being denied in parts of England, it is now the case that the areas denying the treatment are also offering to perform the operations on the same site but for a cost. Examples of some of the trusts profiting from denying NHS patients their treatments are included in Labour's check report. Thus, not only are operations being denied for free, they are now being offered to the same patients and the same hospitals for a cost. This profit motive is not to the patient's advantage, and sadly the use of this approach is on the rise. Private income generated by NHS Trusts was £434 million last year, a 10%+ increase on the previous year. It is set to grow by a further £45 million this year to a whopping £489 million. This behaviour is a direct consequence of NHS Funding cuts, wastage caused by a needless reorganisation and the Tory NHS Bill.
24 CCGs are restricting tonsillectomy
21 CCGs are restricting varicose veins treatment
16 CCGs are restricting cataract referral
14 CCGs are restricting Dupuytren's contracture
14 CCGs are restricting surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome
14 CCGs are restricting skin tag removal
13 CCGs are restricting Myringotomy
13 CCGs are restricting Hysteroscopy
Areas of England where this treatment is being restricted include:
- North Lancashire Teaching
- Central Lancashire
- East Lancashire Teaching
- Blackburn with Darwen
- Hammersmith and Fulham
- Kensington and Chelsea