Pain-relief injections described as 'a joke' in North Yorkshire.
8:51am 18th October 2010
Julian Sturdy, MP for York Outer, will met with Andrew Lansley MP. Secretary for Health, to once again highlight North Yorkshire and York PCT's decision to deny the provision of back pain relief injections to countless local residents
North Yorkshire and York PCT's decision to restrict such pain relief injections is based upon their interpretation of the NICE guidelines. As a result the Secretary of State has agreed to look at these guidelines, a move which could provide greater weight to the campaign to reverse the PCT's current policy.
During the meeting, Mr Sturdy also received assurances that the Coalition Government remains committed to reforming the health system around the specific and local needs of patients.
Indeed, Mr Lansley and his team are working hard to introduce parliamentary legislation which will lead to a GP commission-based system whereby local patients and GPs will be able to influence local health policy, including the provision of various treatments.
Following the meeting, Mr Sturdy said...
" Ever since the withdrawal of pain relief injections by North Yorkshire and York PCT, the people of York have been subject to an unfair and inconsistent postcode lottery system."
"It is unacceptable for such a situation to continue and since my election to parliament I have managed to raise this important issue on a number of occasions. Once again, I am grateful to my colleague, the Secretary of State, for both his time and his genuine interest in the matter."
"Indeed, I appreciate Mr Lansley's willingness to look at the PCT's interpretation of the NICE guidelines. It is my opinion that the PCT's interpretation is flawed and I welcome the additional scrutiny that this will now receive."
"This Government is going to protect the health budget, but reform the system at the same time. The result will be a patient-focused, expert-led NHS. Within this system, the people of York will be able to ensure that their views are placed at the centre of their local health services."
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