Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

News

People with learning disabilities were treated “less favourably than others”

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1261 (Published 25 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1261

Rapid Response:

people should be allowed to choose their PCT

Sadly, yet again the quality of care provided by the NHS has been
found to be bad. If people were allowed to choose the PCT that took
responsibility to provide their care then the quality of care to us all,
including those with learning disabilities could be improved (1).

If PCTs were allowed to compete and people were allowed to choose the
PCT which they thought best for them, then patient groups, including
possibly Mencap, would be able to develop packages of care better tailored
to the needs of their groups. All patients, including those with
disabilities, could have people who have specific interests in their care,
providing their care.

1 “Letting the public shape the NHS”, HSJ.com. 15 October 2008
http://www.hsj.co.uk/opinion/speakout/2008/10/david_allen_on_letting_the...

“A Rational Way Forward for the NHS“, BMJ.com Rapid responses: 15 May
2007. http://www.bmj.com/cgi/eletters/334/7601/969#165587

Hospital trust sacrificed patient care to financial matters
http://www.bmj.com/cgi/eletters/338/mar18_1/b1141#210901

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

29 March 2009
David Allen
Tutor
The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK