Wednesday, 04 August 2021

Fewer NHS patients to qualify for transport

THE eligibility criteria for patients using non- emergency patient transport in Oxfordshire will change from November 1.

It follows an increase in demand for the service over the past four years.

The service, which provides transport for patients to attend out-patient appointments or to get home from hospital, is used by a wide range of people but the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group says many of these patients could travel by bus or car.

The service costs the NHS £3.7 million a year but the changes to eligibility criteria will save £800,000 which the commissioning group says will be used to meet the increased demand for patients that require more complex and costly transport.

Diane Hedges, of the commissioning group, said: “With a rising demand for NHS services and resources needing to go further to pay for this, we have to make sure the patient transport service meets the essential needs of patients and supports the most vulnerable.

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