My local hospital has hit the local headlines because of massive financial deficits and of course somewhere cuts need to be made, but why is it when crunch time comes the number crunchers upstairs always think that cutting key posts that provide valuable support to patients in the community should be targeted? I have a variety of medical issues and benefit greatly from treatment by a specialist nurse. My twice weekly treatments keep me well, out of hospital, and as a result my treatment costs are kept to a minimum. My day to day life has improved greatly and I can be much more independent. I was shocked this morning to discover that this nurse and the services I use are under threat. If I lose them not only will my quality of life slip again, the cost of my care will increase because I will need to see consultants more often, have higher drug bills and possibly more hospital admissions. For a hospital wishing to make massive savings, the sums really don't add up.
Everyone from diabetes sufferers to respiratory sufferers face losing specialist nurses, and I am reliably informed that this issue is not confined to my own local NHS Services. This process is going on through many health trusts, so for all of you who have the support of respiratory nurses make sure yours is protected and if not let your local health trust know you will fight for your specialist nurse.