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Most patients are offered a voucher towards a basic NHS wheelchair, but these do not meet everyone’s needs and can even exacerbate conditionsDisabled patients are increasingly having to rely on crowdfunding to pay for wheelchairs, a leading doctor has warned. Cuts in services, a postcode lottery of availability and delays mean that patients are being forced to rely on the public to help raise funds online to buy suitable wheelchairs.Medics at the British Medical Association’s annual representative meeting in Bournemouth unanimously passed a motion calling for users to have “timely access to chairs suitable for their individual conditions”. Related: Wheelchairs have come a long way – shame the NHS hasn’t | Lucy Webster Continue reading…

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The Guardian