Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin blasts cuts to kidney treatment

Dudley MP Ian Austin has criticised Government plans to cut funding for life-saving kidney treatments.

The plans would cut the amount of money local hospitals receive to carry out dialysis which keeps patients with failing kidneys in good health.

The National Kidney Federation has expressed concerns that this could increase waiting times, saying that the plans “have a potentially devastating impact for the care of people with kidney problems, their quality of life and length of life.”

The changes could have a significant effect on patients in Dudley which is in the top twenty for kidney disease rates nationally.

Austin has written to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and tabled Parliamentary Questions calling on the Government to listen to patients’ groups and ensure that hospitals get the funding they need to support dialysis.

Ian Austin said:

“When me or a member of my family is ill, we queue up at Russells Hall like anybody else in Dudley, so I’m really concerned about these cuts.

“Doctors, nurses and other staff are working flat out at Russells Hall but the government have squandered £3 billion on reorganising the NHS instead of supporting front-line staff.

“Now charities are saying that life-saving kidney treatments are at risk. The Tories need to get a grip and give local hospitals the resources they need.”

Ian has tabled the following Parliamentary Questions:

  • To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his department took to make stakeholders aware of its “2015/16 National Tariff Payments System: Engagement on national prices” consultation.
  • To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with patients’ groups on changes to tariffs for Renal Dialysis in its “2015/16 National Tariff Payments System: Engagement on national prices” consultation.
  • To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect that proposed changes to tariffs for Renal Dialysis in his department’s “2015/16 National Tariff Payments System: Engagement on national prices” consultation would have on outcomes for kidney patients.

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