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Scottish chronic pain patients sent to England for treatment

Labour MSP Jackie Baillie has revealed that the NHS in Scotland has spent more than £200,000 sending patients with chronic pain to England for treatment.

23 patients were sent to Bath in 2008-09, 18 in 2009-10 and 21 in the first six months of 2010- 11, amounting to a total cost of more than £620,000.

Baillie is concerned that patients who are in pain are being expected to travel long distances without the support of their family and friends and is hoping there is a way that patients can be treated closer to home.

Health secretary, Nicola Sturgeon has said the reason for the number of referrals is due to The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, in Bath being a highly specialised pain management facility, though she gives her assurances that alternative options are being explored.

“We are exploring a range of issues, including whether appropriate management earlier in the treatment journey might remove the need for such referrals, and whether there is a role for a residential pain management facility as part of the overall service provision in Scotland.” She said.

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Emma Hilton

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