To: Worcestershire CCGs

Worcestershire NHS refusing to give spinal injections to save money

Worcestershire NHS refusing to give spinal injections to save money

To reinstate all forms of spinal injections with imediate effect.

Why is this important?

I need an epidural injection twice a year , with this simple injection in my spine I live a normal life, without it I am in agony and cannot walk.

Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) who decide what treatments, drugs and operations Worcestershire NHS may provide have under the pretense of ineffectiveness stopped the funding of these injections since December 2017. NHS England believe by not giving these injections they can save £9 million a year.

Source:-
Musculoskeletal Surgery and Therapeutic Interventions December 2017 Worcestershire CCGs

http://www.ukssb.com/improving-spinal-care-project

Instead of giving an injection at an average cost of £250 - £500 the NHS prefer to keep people disabled and in pain living on expensive opiates such as Tramadol and Oramorph together with Gabapentin and Amitriptyline and other drugs

This callous lack of treatment is endured everyday not only by me but by thousands of people in the UK as other NHS Trusts stop these injections
The spinal injections are not unproven procedures but have a 60 year excellent track record. We are being deprived of a treatment by the NHS in its efforts to save money at any cost.

These so called "ineffective" spinal injections are readily available at all private hospitals in the UK where they are deemed to be an extremely effective treatment against back pain.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has been in Special Measures since December 2015 The trust is currently rated as Inadequate Overall and are not delivering neccesary treatments
in desperation to save money. Patients are suffering uneccesarily due to the withdrawal of these injections.

Without these neccesary injections people like me will be disabled, unable to walk and in terrible pain.

Please sign this petition to stop this callous refusal of treatment, disregard of our basic right to treatment and pain relief.