Government investigates NHS prosthetics services

The Department of Health has launched a review into the effectiveness of NHS prosthetics services, particularly those for veterans who have lost their limbs in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The review was launched in January by health minister Simon Burns after some service charities said that the NHS may not be equipped to provide prosthetics services to veterans to the same standard as the Defence Medical Service.

It will be lead by Dr Andrew Murrison, MP, and will gather evidence on current and future needs of veterans for prosthetics services as well on provision and cost.

It will also look at the future funding of high-specification, evidence-based prosthetics; services within the NHS and the possible contribution of personal health budgets; how regional variations can be minimised; and how the transition from the armed forces’ prosthetics care to the NHS can be improved.

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