About: South Staffordshire PCT South Staffordshire PCT Rugeley WS15 1UL
Posted by wyrleypete (as ),
Today, I went to my local health centre to change my full sharps bin, I am diabetic. I was given a letter dated April 2011, telling me they no longer issued new sharps bins.
From July 1st, the 5 litre bin I now use,will be replaced with a 1 litre bin obtained on prescription from my GP. The full box still has to be taken to the health centre. As a couple of years ago, it was deemed impracticle to take and replace sharps box at my GP's, Why now the sudden turn back?
In this age of cutting costs, why do we now instead of taking a full box and being given a replacement, by one person do we now have to take the full bin to one place, a health centre. Then go to our GP's in my case 2 miles away, order a new sharps box from reception, get the GP to fill out a prescription, take this to the chemist and have a 5 times smaller box issued.
Is there a department in the NHS who look at systems that are simple and work well and decide to change this to an obviously more costly way of doing a simple job? I also wonder if the PCT, who are now doing only half of this job, will reduce staffing leavels as appropriate to the lesser amount of work? I would think not.