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This will probably only be of interest to UK Forum members - but seems to be a result of serious NHS funding issues.
Background: I'm 69 and had Spinal Surgery 3 years ago which has left me with mobility issues (Blue Badge etc) and was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis about 18 months ago. About 9 months ago I noticed that my big toes were starting to drift inwards (my big toes, when my feet are placed together, are now at 90 degrees to each other - a big "V".
My GP referred me to a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon who recommended Surgery as the problem would only get worse if left unattended to. Besides the obvious poor walking stance, I also get severe stabbing pains in the swellings themselves.
My local Clinical Commisioning Group (the holders of the purse-strings) have refused to fund the surgery as they consider that I haven't suffered for long enough.
My Consultant's Secretary has told me (informally) that the CCG rarely fund any surgery on feet, but she couldn't explain why!
Has any other UK Forum member come across a similar refusal from their local CCG? I've asked my Consultant to appeal the decision, but don't know how much longer I've got to put up with the pain without surgery.
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