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Medical Technology Awareness Week 2018

Medical Technology Week 2018 will take place from Monday 3rd December to Sunday 9th December.

The aim of the week is to get people talking about the importance of timely patient access to medical technology which improves patient outcomes and generates efficiency savings for the NHS.

Our popular Parliamentary reception will be the centre point of the week. Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, will address this year’s reception, which brings together a large number of parliamentarians, patient users, patient groups, industry members, healthcare professionals, commissioners and representatives from the NHS and other Government departments.

This year, the highlight of the event will be the unveiling of our new national campaign RationWatch.

Ration Watch

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.

This year’s reception will take place on Tuesday, December 4th, between 4.00pm and 6.00pm and will be hosted by Helen Whately MP.

A panel discussion, hosted by Philippa Whitford MP, will also take place in Portcullis House. The panel will look at:

  • Evidence of rationing of NHS treatments across England
  • The impact of rationing and the impact it has on patients and the NHS
  • How to drive change to ensure patients do not face a postcode lottery in accessing lifesaving medical technology


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