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Public Health Minister: Long waits for disability provisions are 'unacceptable'

Public Health Minister Anne milton said that long waits for families were unacceptable Credit: ITV News

Public Health Minister Anne Milton has said that long waits for aids such as wheelchairs was unacceptable and that the Government would take action. Ms Milton said that she expected the local NHS to have services in place to meet the needs of families. She said:

"That is why we are taking a radical new approach to integrate services across a child's education, health and care needs. We will set out our plans on this shortly".

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'Needs of disabled children should be met'

Sue McMillan, of the Quality Care Commission, said disabled children have complex health needs and commissioners should be managing them better.

She added:

This review gives disabled children and their families the tools they need to hold their local commissioners to account.

We were disappointed a proportion of PCTs were unable to provide the data we asked for and we're calling on them to improve the information they hold.

If commissioners don't have information about the children and services they're responsible for, how do they know they are meeting the needs of their communities?

Disabled children can wait a year for wheelchairs

Disabled children and their families sometimes wait for up to a year for aids such as wheelchairs, a social care watchdog review has found.

A report has found disabled children in England can have long waits for care. Credit: Reuters

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found there were considerable variations in services provided in England with the national average wait for powered wheelchairs at three months.