I saw my pain consultant yesterday, he looked and sounded very depressed while explaining to me that my caudal epidural treatment was finished, as funding was stopped by my local CCG, this is the 3rd of my treatments that they no longer fund, I was already prepared for this formal consultation and he came prepared with the complaints address about it.
I saw my GP today and gave him the hand written letter from the consultant so he printed out the IFR form and as he filled it out he had to google some of the acronyms they used, I hate government for inventing acronyms that no one knows about.
He said he has only had 1 request approved, all the others having been rejected. In my case they state that anyone with poor or no mobility is ineligible, but if I don't have it then that is exactly where I will be in 1-3 months time, stuck in bed, all because they didn't approve the injections arghhhhhhh, talk about chicken and egg.
So now I have to wait a month for an answer to something NICE accepted back in 2014 was a good teatment especially since they cannot operate on me, at best that has a 50/50 success rate and my bones, with worsening Osteopaenia, make the odds considerably worse.
I wait for an answer and in the meantime prepare for the formal legal challenge, it is not just me affected, certainly hundreds in the 2 boroughs that these 2 Hampton GP's have made the decision for and god knows how many other CCG's have taken these same decisions in these secret meetings?.
CCG = Clinical Commisioning Group (local NHS funding)
GP = General Practioner (local doctor)
NICE = National Institute of Clinical Excellence (Central Government Quango)