People considered virtually unable to walk can walk further and faster than in 1977

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7156.475a (Published 15 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:475
  1. John Hunter, Consultant in rehabilitation medicine
  1. Astley Ainslie Hospital, Edinburgh EH9 2HL

    EDITOR—Help with mobility for disabled people evolved from invalid cars (Invacars) to the mobility allowance in 1977 and then the “higher rate mobility” component of the disabled living allowance in 1992. Eligibility criteria have remained virtually constant over 20 years, yet the number of recipients has increased dramatically to almost two million.

    Over 20 years I have studied five groups of patients considered virtually unable to walk: 36 with invalid cars in 1977; three groups receiving the mobility allowance (34 in 1978, 1 236 in 1983,2 and 44 in 1990); and 38 receiving the …

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