Government cuts & women with Pelvic Organ Prolapse

P. Smith made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Health

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From: P. Smith

18 September 2011

Dear Department of Health,

I heard recently from someone "in the know" that because of
government cuts, GPs are being advised NOT to refer women with
pelvic organ prolapse (POP) to a consultant.

Is this true?

If so, who is advising this, and what are their qualifications /
experience to be able to advise this?

If so, what are women with this distressing, uncomfortable,
troublesome and often painful condition supposed to do?

Yours faithfully,

[P. Smith]

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Department of Health

21 September 2011

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6 October 2011


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Dear Ms Smith,
 
Thank you for your email of 19 September about referrals for pelvic organ
prolapse.  I have been asked to reply.

 

You requested your correspondence to be treated under the Freedom of
Information Act.  However, as your correspondence asked for general
information, rather than requesting recorded information or documentation,
I should advise you that on this occasion we have not considered your
correspondence under the provisions of the Act.

Officials are not aware of any change in referral recommendations for this
condition.  Local referral pathways for pelvic organ prolapse should be
agreed and local protocols developed for the management of pelvic floor
dysfunction.

 

Yours sincerely,
 
Edward Corbett
Customer Service Centre
Department of Health

 

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From: P. Smith

20 October 2011

Dear Department of Health,

"Local referral pathways for pelvic organ prolapse should be agreed
and local protocols developed for the management of pelvic floor
dysfunction."

How do you ensure that they do this, please? How do you check them
for standard / good practice? Does the Health Ombudsman do this?

Many thanks,

Yours faithfully,

[P. Smith]

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Department of Health

20 October 2011

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[3]Directgov, the UK Government’s Official information website, or the
Department of Health website’s [4]Frequently Asked Questions. 

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about the NHS or social services. If you wish to make a complaint about a
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14 November 2011

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Dear Ms Smith,
 
Thank you for your further 20 October in response to one from my colleague
Edward Corbett about referrals for pelvic organ prolapse. I have been
asked to reply.
 
You requested that your email be treated under the Freedom of Information
(FOI) Act.  However, as your email asked for general information rather
than requesting recorded information, the Department of Health has not
considered your correspondence under the provisions of the FOI Act.
 
Although the Department provides strategic leadership to the NHS and
social care organisations in England, it is for local NHS organisations to
develop appropriate policies and protocols and to provide appropriate
facilities in accordance with the needs of their local populations.  In
developing such policies, NHS organisations will take account of evidence
based national and professional guidelines.  Therefore, I suggest that you
raise your further concerns about referrals for pelvic organ prolapse with
your local NHS primary care trust, which is responsible for improving the
health of the local population.  You can find the contact details by
clicking on the following link:
 
[1]http://www.nhs.uk/servicedirectories/pag....
 
I hope this reply is helpful.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Mary Heaton
Customer Service Centre
Department of Health
14 November 2011

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From: P. Smith

18 November 2011

Dear Department of Health,

Re: "Although the Department provides strategic leadership to the
NHS and social care organisations in England, it is for local NHS
organisations to develop appropriate policies and protocols and to
provide appropriate facilities in accordance with the needs of
their local populations. In developing such policies, NHS
organisations will take account of evidence
based national and professional guidelines."

What does that strategic leadership work, and what is it? How does
this relate to pelvic organ prolapse?

How do you ensure that NHS organisations are up to standard, and
what is that standard regarding pelvic organ prolapse? Otherwise it
will be a postcode lottery, surely?

Yours faithfully,

[P. Smith]

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24 November 2011

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0845 4647 or visit [2]NHS Choices, or contact your GP surgery.

For general health information you may also find it helpful to refer to
[3]Directgov, the UK Government’s Official information website, or the
Department of Health website’s [4]Frequently Asked Questions. 

Please note that the Department of Health does not process complaints
about the NHS or social services. If you wish to make a complaint about a
healthcare professional, an NHS organisation or a social care provider,
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From: P. Smith

14 December 2011

Dear Department of Health,

Thank you for your response, which is useful.

Yours faithfully,

[P. Smith]

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