How does the General Election affect serious injuries and access to care?June 5th, 2017
With the General Election just days away, many people will still be thinking about which party to vote for. For some people, it can be a more vital choice to make than others. For those who have sustained a serious injury and are left with a disability as a result, it is important to consider what each party’s policy is on care and support provision and what your local MP is planning to do in relation to these.
Sustaining a serious injury is a completely life-changing event. Often, overnight, people lose their independence and their way of life is altered forever. It is important that comprehensive support and care packages are put in place to help people to return to their homes and some kind of normality.
Unfortunately, with budget restraints and funding cuts, many people are unable to access the care and ongoing treatment they need. Further, previous cuts have also resulted in seriously injured people being no longer able to live independently within their community and having to instead move to care homes to cover their needs. Decreasing care packages can be dangerous and cause secondary problems, which in turn, result in less independence.
In order to understand how each party and your local MP are planning to provide adequately for seriously injured people and their policies on further cuts to support services, important questions need to be asked.
If you have a disability following a serious injury you should consider:
- What campaigns or changes have been discussed with regards to cuts in NHS Continuing Healthcare and Social Care which will impact on disabled people living independently in their community?
- Are there any policies in place which address the problem of financial caps on care packages for seriously injured people?
- Do proposed care packages focus on the needs of the people, rather than addressing problems with the budget?
With ever increasing cuts and threat within the NHS, it is also important to consider how these may affect specialist treatment and trauma centres across the UK that do vital work to help people after a serious injury.
Although the election is nearly upon us, these questions can still be asked directly to parliamentary candidates within your area, whether it’s face-to-face or through social media channels and other digital communication platforms.
When support and care packages are not available through the NHS there may be other options to turn to for help. Claiming compensation can be one way of gaining access to funding for private treatment and care if you have been injured in a serious accident. This bespoke care and treatment can help with the initial discharge process back home, as well as ongoing support for you and your family.
To discuss options for making a compensation claim, speak to one of our specialist serious injury solicitors today. They will be able to provide you with compassionate advice, free of charge, with no obligation. Speak to us free 24 hours a day by calling 0800 612 8196.