Children left waiting more than four months for a wheelchair, NHS figures show


Disabled children in Oxfordshire have been left waiting more than four months for a wheelchair, new NHS figures have revealed.

The data shows that 18 children waited longer than the 18-week permitted window for CCGs to deliver a wheelchair after a referral in the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area between April and June.

According to a report from the Oxford Mail, 71 people had a wheelchair or other equipment prescribed and delivered to them in the permitted time, meaning the CCG had a 75% success rate.

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This is around 10% lower than the national average.

It went on to detail how children with a greater need also faced longer waits, with 15 young people assessed as having high needs after being referred to wheelchair services, meaning they were fully dependent on a chair for all mobility needs.

7% of those children had to wait longer than eight weeks to be assessed, compared to zero per cent for children with a low or medium need.

A spokeswoman for NHS England told the Oxford Mail: “While around 85 per cent of children and adults are getting a wheelchair within the 18 week target, some people may have complex conditions and may wait longer for specialist equipment.”

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