No place here for a post­code lot­tery with health

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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.

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