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NHS Cuts Finally Affecting Ostomates! Know Your Rights!

NHS Cuts Finally Affecting Ostomates! Know Your Rights!

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The NHS was created on the 5th July 1948 out of the ideal that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth. In many ways, it has been a victim of its own success. Improvements in treating disease and illnesses have helped to create an ageing population which means more people than ever need its services.

This, therefore, consequently has put the NHS in financial crisis and is under pressure to reduce its spending deficit by £30 billion in 2020 (NHS England 2014)

One of the areas that have been targeted to try and cut back spending are prescriptions.

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The Backbone of the NHS

The Backbone of the NHS

Many of you reading this post have spent a fair amount of time in hospital. It’s  pretty hard not too when you have an ostomy, and everything that can come with that!

Since my urostomy surgery in 2015 when I officially became a ‘double bagger’ I have spent a lot of time in hospital due to complications with my ileostomy prolapse, numerous refashion surgeries, kidney infections and recurrent unknown sepsis. Last year I clocked up a total of 7 months as an inpatient in Bournemouth Hospital mainly on ward 15 and 16 the colorectal and urology surgical wards, which were fantastic and like my second home. This year I have only been admitted 6 times which is a miracle in itself compared to last year. 

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