The NHS has been told to stop "relying on charities" to fill funding gaps after figures revealed many trusts would not pay the full cost of electric wheelchairs for disabled children.THIS IS WHAT OBAMA WANTS US TO EMULATE!?
Freedom of Information figures obtained by the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign found children were subject to a postcode lottery over what equipment they were given.
Responses were received from 54% of NHS trusts in England and Scotland, revealing that disabled children in England are forced to wait five months on average for a wheelchair.
The worst performing primary care trust (PCT), which is in the North West, had an average wait of two years for an electric wheelchair.
The survey showed 58% of children in England had to wait at least three months for an electric wheelchair and 14% wait more than six months.
Overall, 50% of PCTs which responded said they did not fund the full cost of a powered wheelchair for a disabled child.
Meanwhile, children living just four miles apart could have a difference of 11 months in wait for vital equipment.