No place here for a postcode lottery with health
that patient health care in Peterborough could become something of a “postcode lottery” are a worry indeed.
Few would argue that something has to give with the way the primary care trust responsible for the city – NHS Peterborough – operates, after massively overspending in the last financial year and needing to find multi-million pound savings this financial year.
But that should not be at the expense of the standards of treatment that patients should expert – and deserve .
So setting targets on the numbers of medicines that can prescribed by GPs and the number of hospital referrals is a dangerous thing.
as has been suggested by the Royal College of Nursing, this could lead to a situation where a patient in one part of the city might end up missing out on treatment they would otherwise expect, whereas a patient at another surgery will receive it.
It is easy to imagine the uproar should tragedy strike a patient denied a prescription for a particular drug or a referral to hospital simply because their GP had exceeded their limit.
Of course there will be reassurances, but patients deserve better.