Friday, 30 January 2009

NHS shortfall forces toddler's parents to pay £300 for special chair after operation

LITTLE Amelie Gledhill faced spending eight weeks lying on her back because of an NHS equipment shortfall.

After surgery for a dislocated hip, the 17-month-old, of Fern Rise, Elland, was left with a cast that meant she could not sit up.

Her parents, Anne and Jon, say their baby girl would have had to spend the eight-week recovery period lying down if they had not shelled out £288 for a specially-adapted chair.

[Anne Gledhill said] "Physios and occupational therapists tried to help us but said their hands were tied as there was no budget for this kind of equipment."

Free at the point of delivery? Hmmm.

Source: Halifax Evening Courier

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