If essential treatment and therapy are being denied due to a funding crisis, the Government could just be building up more significant liabilities in the future.
Unless the Department of health has forgotten their duty to guard the health of the nation, denying essential treatment now, if deemed to fall below the legal standard, will only increase future liabilities for claims.
We need the NHS simply to keep the nation moving. Denying treatment only increases absences from work, harms the economy, and leaves the public financially worse off.
Patients are being denied mental health care, new hips and knees, and drugs to boost their recovery from illnesses including cancer as the NHS increasingly rations treatments to try to overcome its growing cash crisis. A survey of doctors reveals that three-quarters said they had seen care rationed in their area over the last year – including treatments such as speech therapy, operations to remove varicose veins, Botox to help children with cerebral palsy move better and even potentially life-saving stem cell transplant surgery. Disabled children were having to use ill-fitting wheelchairs as a result of growing restrictions across England, the research concluded. Medical organisations said the findings showed patients were paying the price because an underfunded NHS was having to force them to wait for care or deny it altogether.