‘Postcode lottery’ revealed in NHS care

Patients with dementia, diabetes and learning disabilities are being let down by their local health services in many parts of England, new figures show.

A postcode lottery of care across the country has been highlighted as new performance data shows that while some health bodies are performing well, neighbouring organisations are falling short.

More than half (57%) of local health bodies in England are not performing well enough on dementia, 71% are classed as “needs improvement” for diabetes care and 92% need to improve care for people with learning disabilities, the figures show.

The figures, released by NHS England, show that many clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have been classed as needing improvement in the different aspects of care.

They have been released as part of a package of measures announced by the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to improve IT and digital services in the NHS.


Full story in The Guardian, September 2016