Barbara has called for the Conservative-led Government to challenge Salford Primary Care Trust to invest in vital NHS services in the North West for patients with neuro-muscular disease. Speaking in Health questions in the House of Commons, Barbara Keeley urged Health Ministers to issue guidance to Primary Care Trusts in the North West to encourage them to invest in services to cover the critical gaps which have been identified in services for people with neuromuscular disease.
A report by the NHS North West Neuromuscular Services Review group has identified that investment is needed to avoid costly emergency admissions to hospital for people with neuromuscular disease. Last year, Salford Primary Care Trust spent an estimated £314,000 to £445,000 on unplanned emergency admissions for patients with neuromuscular disease. The Review Group’s report concluded that many of these admissions could be avoided for a modest investment is made to cover gaps in services. Investment in services like better transitional care and extra care advisors were recommended in the report, but there has been no commitment from Primary Care Trusts in the North West to implement these.
Barbara, who is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary group on Social Care, said:
“The North West is not seeing investment in extra services, such as transitional care and extra care advisers, that the report recommends. Now the Government’s proposed reforms are causing turmoil in specialised commissioning and real worries about how the commissioning of tertiary services will work in future.
"I asked Health Ministers to issue guidance to Primary Care Trusts to ensure that the investment is made to cover those critical gaps in services in the North West and to ensure that emergency admissions are avoided.
“The review process recommends that every patient with a neuromuscular condition has access to specialist care. The investment recommended is about £12,000 for Salford Primary Care Trust and a total of £345,000 across all 24 Primary Care Trusts in the North West. I hope that this investment can be made to improve services and to help keep people out of hospital and avoid much greater costs for the NHS."