Whittington A&E – Story 20

Chris’s story:

I very much support your efforts to keep the Whittington A & E open.

As a disabled person distance is an issue. I have had reasons to attend the Whittington with a broken foot, resulting from a fall. To have got somebody to drive me to the Royal Free for follow up and to help me once there would have been unthinkable. Cuts in patient transport, and the long waits to be collected and returned, mean that for disabled people a hospital vist for an injury could take a whole day or an overnight stay – much longer than for an able bodied person. I wonder how this represents the NHS living up to its legal duty under the DDA to promote the needs of disabled service users!