This week, Whizz-Kidz has called for wheelchair services to be specifically mentioned as a priority area for improvement in the NHS. Responding to a new consultation from the Government that sets out its priorities for the next few years, Whizz-Kidz believes that much still needs to happen to improve NHS wheelchair services who, for a number of reasons, are still failing to meet the needs of disabled children and young people.
This consultation and the development of the mandate is a vital chance to ensure that wheelchair service improvements are implemented throughout the NHS in England. By calling for wheelchair services to be specifically mentioned in the mandate, Whizz-Kidz wants to ensure that the NHS is held to account for meeting the needs of thousands of disabled children and young people.
We believe that providing the right wheelchair early enough in a child’s life can have a massive impact on their development, independence and freedom.
Whizz-Kidz Director of Partnerships, Nick Goldup said: ‘To ensure that the NHS meets the needs of its customers, it is vital that wheelchair services are specifically mentioned in the mandate as an area for improvement. We need as many people as possible to respond to this consultation.’
How you can help
This is your chance to get your voice heard and to let the Government know that you believe that wheelchair services should be included in the mandate. We need you to respond to the consultation by 23rd November 2015 - you can either write your own response, or send Whizz-Kidz's response stating that you support this response. Email your response form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Please note that by sending in the Whizz-Kidz response, you are showing your support for the views set out in our submission. If you prefer, please feel-free to send your personal response - this can be really powerful! By submitting the form, the Department of Health will have your email address and may get back to you about your response.)
You can also find more info about the consultation on the National Wheelchair Alliance website.