Welcome to the Podiatry Arena forums, for communication between foot health professionals about podiatry and related topics.
You are currently viewing our podiatry forum as a guest which gives you limited access to view all podiatry discussions and access our other features. By joining our free global community of Podiatrists and other interested foot health care professionals you will have access to post podiatry topics (answer and ask questions), communicate privately with other members (PM), upload content, view attachments, receive a weekly email update of new discussions, earn CPD points and access many other special features. Registered users do not get displayed the advertisments in posted messages. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our global Podiatry community today!
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.
Commenting on the Help the Aged report published today, which shows that about a quarter of people aged over 65 are not receiving the professional foot care they need, Shadow Health Minister John Baron MP said:
"The latest research from Help the Aged confirms what Conservatives have been saying for years – that many elderly patients waiting for simple and routine services such as nail cutting face long delays or being told they are no longer eligible for treatment."
"There is clearly a postcode lottery in access to chiropody services, with many patients having to run the gauntlet of a system in which eligibility for treatment varies enormously between PCTs. As a result, many pensioners are being forced to go private in order to receive basic foot care, sometimes paying up to £30 a treatment – a significant proportion of their pensions."
"Chiropody illustrates how, in a culture of targets, conditions which are not targeted tend to suffer as resources are diverted towards priorities decided by politicians. A future Conservative Government would replace NHS targets with a set of clinical standards and entitlements for all conditions so as to end the postcode lottery."
"For many elderly people, good foot care means the difference between mobility and a life of dependency on others, and yet Labour's attitude towards chiropody has been complacent. The Government still refuses to take responsibility – claiming that 'access to chiropody services is a local matter'. In view of today's report, this complacency must now end."
Help the Aged
Older people denied access to basic foot care
18 August 2005
Help the Aged has revealed how 1.6 million older people cannot get help with foot care from the NHS, leaving them in pain, housebound and at an increased risk of falls, dependence, or worse. The findings form part of a new report, 'Best Foot Forward: older people and footcare'.
Cutbacks in NHS budgets and tough eligibility criteria mean that older people with basic foot health needs, such as toenail cutting, are denied vital care - which could help them stay active and independent.
Jonathan Ellis, policy manager at Help the Aged, said: "The Government says it wants to promote real choice for patients using the NHS, but restricting access to basic care, with no alternative support, is not offering choice.
"To an older person, basic foot care services, such as regular toenail cutting, offer a massive lifeline. It can make the difference between becoming housebound and leading a full and active life."
He added: "Cutting back on foot care provision for older people is a false economy because the long-term financial and health implications are far greater than any short-term savings."
Help the Aged is calling on the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) to develop guidelines on podiatry in later life and would like to see a Parliamentary inquiry into why so few older people are eligible for NHS podiatry services.
Copies of 'Best Foot Forward: older people and foot care' are available for £8 by calling the Help the Aged publishing department on 020 7278 1114.
Here is another vesion of the same release, but look at the title...... From the Scotsman
This particular Calvanistic organ enjoys a well-deserved reputation of understating the case. Last September they were predicting a premiership title for the Jambos when everyone else knew the red devils had Europe in their sights. Sometimes you got to throw caution to the wind!
Why do not the Voluntary / Charitiy agencies not fulfill this clearly defined need.
I am sure that they could achieve this fairly easily.
Certainly in my PCT we would be very pleased to provide the relevant training to their volunteers so that a safe and cheap social nail care service could be provided to those older citizens who have no health care need but do indeed have a social need.
This would make intelligent sense.
THis is what i thought that Age Concern Help The Aged et al were there to provide for their client base.
The NHS is there to meet the health care needs on a non discriminatory and so prioritising health care according to age ONLY is HIGHLY DISCRIMINATORY.
So do we say to a 25 year old IDDM with Neuropathy PVD Kidney disease impaired eyesight ulceration of foot.
But as we only see happy healthy pensioners for their 8 weekly pedicure we are not able to provide the 2 x weekly wound care , Orthopaedic Shoes , Specialised Orthotics etc etc.
Damn that Amputation has cost the PCT £10k and he now needs adaptions to his home . He no longer works , he is fairly dependent upon his wife and family. Wife no longer works. needs a disability car . Home care , respite care.