Action needed to address stark inequalities in care across UK pelvic floor services
WFIPP welcomes the findings of a new report which reveals significant short-comings in the care of UK patients with pelvic floor disorders (PFDs), and provides recommendations on six areas for change to improve outcomes.
The report authors call for urgent action to improve treatment and access to surgery, highlighting that PFD patients have been neglected for years. The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified pre-existing disparities in services, leading to significant delays in treatment access. However, it also offers opportunity to change models of care.
To address a lack of ‘joined-up’ services, the report offers national recommendations that call for health bodies and the Government to adopt changes, as well as local recommendations aimed at healthcare professionals working day-to-day with patients.
The proposed areas for change are:
‘Seizing the opportunity to improve patient care: Pelvic floor services in 2021 and beyond’ is launched by The Pelvic Floor Society and endorsed by 10 health professional societies and patient organisations.
COVID-19 has magnified pre-existing disparities in PFD services, but also offers opportunity to change models of care. The report is authored by over 30 PFD experts.
We encourage you all to give your comments. Each page of the site has an open form for people to say what they think – comments from health professionals, experiences of patients, point out what hasn’t been said but needs to be, what more should be done – we want to hear it all.
Please go to the Microsite where the full report and the following documents are available:
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