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I’m paying the price for NHS privatisation

10 June, 2021

‘Private company is now cutting costs and downgrading the service it provides to patients’

• I HAVE osteoporosis, something that affects 50 per cent of women over 50. I need a bone scan every couple of years to determine what level of medication I require.

This year I was surprised to find that I had to travel to a remote Enfield venue to get the scan. The journey took over an hour and involved a train, a tube, another train and a 12-minute walk.

The scans used to be done at the Royal Free but in recent years local NHS decision-makers have commissioned a private company to do these. Initially they were carried out in a much more conveniently located – and much swisher – Harley Street location.

It was fine for me to travel to the Enfield clinic. However many older people with osteoporosis are in pain and find it difficult to get about.

It appears that having had the contract for a few years the private company is now cutting costs and downgrading the service it provides to patients.

JOAN MUNRO
Goldhurst Terrace, NW6

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