Healthwatch Kent: Long NHS waiting lists sees an increase in people paying to go private!


Phill Thorne joined Jason McCrossan on the Home Time Show on Friday 2 September to discuss how Healthwatch Kent wants to hear from local people about their experience of health care services in Maidstone and Kent.

The organisation has been helping people who have been struggling with a range of healthcare issues including those struggling to access NHS dental services and those who have been stuck on waiting lists hoping for an operation. A recent survey of NHS users by the Private Healthcare Information Network (Phin) showed that long NHS waiting lists are causing patients to “opt out” of NHS treatment and pay for healthcare from their own pockets. The research showed that patients paid for 69,045 private treatments themselves between October and December 2021, up 39% on the equivalent period in the pre-pandemic year of 2019.

Phill Thorne of Healthwatch Kent said “some routine appointments have been put back by a long time, people are finding that in some cases they are having to wait 2-3 years for a routine operation and we are hearing a lot more that people are paying to go private”. Healthwatch Kent want to hear from you if you have struggled to get an appointment with your Dr, Dentist or for an operation.

Phill also discussed the move of Podiatry Services from Foster Street in Maidstone to Coxheath Clinic and The Churchill Centre at the Royal British Legion Village, Preston Hall.

Healthwatch Kent want to hear from you if you have any concerns about the move of Podiatry services from Foster Street to Coxheath and the Churchill Centre.

Get in touch on their free phone number: 0808 801 0102 open from 10am until 4pm Monday to Friday

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