The core mission of the MTG is to ensure patients can access the lifesaving medical devices they need. The MTG believes patient access should governed by what you need, not where you are. However, inequitable access is becoming more and more of a challenge as NHS budgets are constrained. Despite clear guidance from NICE and NHS England, NHS organisations are increasingly restricting access to treatments that have been widely used previously. The full extent of this trend is not widely known.
To demonstrate the extent of the problem, the MTG has established RationWatch, an online resource which will showcase evidence of rationing of NHS treatments across England. RationWatch will highlight the impact of rationing and the damage it does to patients and the NHS. Through raising awareness of this issue, we hope to drive NHS leaders to do more to ensure patients do not face a postcode lottery in accessing lifesaving and enhancing medical technology.
For more information visit rationwatch.co.uk