Well, I am not sure whether this is positive – or yet more evidence of the lengths to which the NHS will go to “manage” patients in the direction they wish them to go.
Some of you may remember how, following my traumatic day out at Charing Cross, I wrote and asked my pct (Lincolnshire) to fund my treatment via TransHealth. They wrote back and – not unreasonably – said they needed further info as to costs and treatments available from TH before they could decide.
I put them and TH in touch, stood back, and let the health professionals chat.
I was then ever so slightly flabbergasted when Lincs wrote back and said fairly simply: we’ve looked again at your request: we note your problems with Charing Cross. We offer you treatment through our own facilities (Nottingham or Sheffield).
Ah. I wrote back and pointed out that we seemed to be going backward. That is, if they were seriously interested in getting information from me in the first place, they’d have done all the checking they needed to do when they spoke with TransHealth in the first place.
I was mostly polite.
Mostly. I may have suggested that there appeared to be a more than passing ressemblance between members of Lincs pct and members of the mustelidae family (aka “weasels”). But I was otherwise polite. Especially as the response I got was either incompetent or deliberately misleading.
Last week they re-re-considered. Now they write to say:
“the panel have deferred their decision as, further information needs to be obtained from Transhealth in relation to their treatment/care and the advice and management that they receive is comparable to their own providers and that they must fulfil the criteria as set by the East Midlands Specialised Commissioning Group. Once this information is received, this will then be passed to the East Midlands Specialised Commissioining Group for their advice before reconsideration at the next Individual Funding Requests panel…”
Hmmm. I am starting to suspect that I am being dicked about. I would have thought that they would have asked any necessary questions of TH in the first place. Is this positive? Or are they just putting me off and off and off?
We shall see.