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Dec 05 2012

Gareth Says: Coalition Government’s treatment restrictions hit Harrow’s patients

Labour has uncovered statistics which reveal that last year an estimated 52,000 patients in England were denied treatment due to cost based restrictions introduced by the Tory-led Government.

Official statistics show that over 47 Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) in England have restricted one or more treatments leaving patients in pain, discomfort or unable to work.

It is understood that Harrow PCT has restricted at least four treatments: Dupuytren’s contracture, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, hysteroscopy and patients who require a cataract referral.

These new NHS statistics provide evidence that people are facing difficulties in accessing routine treatments that were previously readily available. This has forced some patients to consider private care where the NHS has entirely stopped the service.

In response to PCTs such as Harrow restricting cataract referrals, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) said PCTs are “forcing thousands of people to live with serious and unnecessary sight loss.”

Gareth Thomas MP for Harrow West said:

“These figures show that patients in Harrow are being forced to bear the brunt of Cameron’s cuts to the NHS.

There can be no reasonable justification for restricting patients from having a cataract referral for example when scientific evidence suggests delaying surgery is more dangerous for the patient and is costlier in the long run.”

Source: Gareth Thomas MP

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