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Wheelchair funding policy needs rethink, says service-user who has to fork out £8k

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The NHS must rethink its funding policy on wheelchairs, says a student who is having to find £8,000 of funding to purchase the £13,000 piece of equipment he needs to allow him to live independently at university.

Dylan Wainman has been granted £5,000 and a carer by his local CCG but this amount is not enough to purchase a chair that would allow the 19-year-old to live without the help of a carer at university.

Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said it was “happy to speak” to Mr Wainman about support options, according to the BBC.

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But Mr Wainman, who has been offered a place to study at Leeds Beckett University, said it was “ridiculous” that the NHS could not fund the wheelchair he wants but could fund a carer throughout his study, which he estimates to cost £18,000 a year.

“At the end of the day my legs don’t work but my head is there and I want to live like everyone else,” he told the BBC.

A spokesperson for Hull CCG said that the chair could be paid for with money moved from other areas.

“In this circumstance I think we should be talking with the university,” she said.

“We should be talking with our social care colleagues about how we can potentially reduce the care package that is required by improving the wheelchair that this person has got.”

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