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MPs warn on kidney dialysis plan

MPs warn on kidney dialysis plan

MP’s have heard how kidney disease charities were “stunned” to have been told that dialysis will no longer be a prescribed service on the English NHS from next year.

Labour’s Madeleine Moon (Bridgend) said officials at the Department of Health revealed the “dangerous” decision in a meeting, and told the groups legislation would be put to MPs in February, reports Yahoo News

Mrs Moon urged Commons Leader William Hague organise a ministerial statement by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to allow MPs to protest at the plans.

Speaking during the weekly business statement, she said: “At a meeting in the Department of Health this week, kidney charities were stunned to be told that kidney dialysis was no longer to be a prescribed service and a period of consultation of six weeks would be held by the Department of Health.

“And then a Bill would be introduced to Parliament during February and changes to CCG (clinical commission groups) commissioning will commence on April 1.

“Can we have an oral statement from a minister for the Department of Health so they can hear from MPs across the floor in this House what a dangerous decision that would be and how kidney patients will be placed at risk by that decision?”

Mr Hague replied: “I don’t think there is any need for a statement because it is health questions within a few days. Next Tuesday (Mr Hunt) and the ministerial team will be here on Tuesday to answer questions so I think there is an early opportunity for you to pursue this issue.”

E-Petition for dialysis to remain a prescribed service on the NHS in 2015:

“Responsible department: Department of Health

Kidney disease charities were “stunned” to have been told this week (20 Nov ’14) dialysis will no longer be a prescribed service on the English NHS from next year.

Care for dialysis patients should not be the responsibility of CCGs (clinical commissioning groups). Dialysis is a specialist service that should be managed by renal experts.”

We want dialysis to remain a prescribed service on the NHS

Please sign petition  HERE