In response to the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan Ruth Owen OBE, Chief Executive of Whizz-Kidz, said:
“For many young disabled people, getting an appropriate wheelchair that fully meets their needs can be a real struggle. Too many have to settle for mobility equipment that they cannot use independently, limiting their social, education and employment opportunities, and ultimately hindering their development.
“Whizz-Kidz believes that Personal Health Budgets (PHBs) and the improved choice and control they offer disabled people can be an effective tool for tackling this problem. Through our partnership with the NHS in Tower Hamlets, Whizz-Kidz is already successfully delivering PHBs to help disabled people get the wheelchair they need, when they need it.
“That is why the commitment to accelerate the roll out of PHBs in wheelchair provision is so encouraging. Whizz-Kidz believes that the best way to now ensure is to make PHBs for wheelchair users a legal right. This would not only guarantee disabled people improved access to the right wheelchair at the right time, but would also support the NHS in its ambitious aim to see 200,000 people benefiting from PHBs by 2023/24.”