‘Invest to Save’ crucial for the NHS

As the House of Commons Select Committee reports on the proposed NHS reforms hindering the ability of the NHS to make savings to safeguard its future, it is more vital than ever that the NHS implements the recommendations put forward by the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign in our Invest to Save report.

The report estimates that nearly 40 per cent of the £81million annual cost of emergency hospital care for the UK’s 70,000 people affected by muscle disease is unnecessary and is a direct result of failure to invest adequately in ongoing treatment to manage the conditions.

Backed by a group of leading clinicians, the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign argues that investing as little as £65 per patient each year, in frontline health services and equipment, would significantly reduce critical care on hospital wards costing up to £1,925 per day. An audit of emergency care for people with muscle-wasting conditions to address the wasted funds is underway.

We are working closely with the NHS Specialised Commissioning Groups as service specifications for neuromuscular services and wheelchair services are currently in a consultation period before being finalised in April 2012.

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