Steve expresses concern over effects of NHS reform

Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak, attended a meeting in parliament to discuss waiting times for
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has produced a report based on Freedom of Information audit of Primary Care Trusts and a survey of physiotherapy managers in England. The ‘Stretched to the Limit’ report finds considerable variation in the amount of time patients have to wait for treatment and highlights concerns that more than half of physiotherapy managers are already experiencing a reduction in patient services in this financial year. Steve said: “The findings of this report cause me great concern; it reflects a wider trend in the NHS of increasing waiting times for diagnostic tests and treatment. “Since the Conservative Coalition Government has been in office the 18-week waiting list for treatment at South Birmingham Primary Care Trust has risen by 36%. “In a discussion at my Report Back at the weekend my constituents made clear that they were very concerned about the Government’s costly reform of the NHS. “This reinforced the results of a survey I conducted in autumn 2011 which showed that 67% of respondents did not think the reorganisation of the NHS should be a top priority. What was most important to them was clean hospitals, shorter waiting times and effective and efficient results. “When will the Health Secretary and the Government start to listen to what people really want?” Share this
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