Thousands of people are hospitalised for burns in the UK every year, of which 6,500 are children. But like many sections of the NHS, where they live will determine how well they are treated. Survival statistics improve every year, but the success in improving appearance, dealing with an altered appearance and depression and re-integration into the community can depend on where one is treated.
The National Burns Care Group (NBCG) is expected to submit proposals at the end of this year to promote equity in burns care, but there may or may not be changes, it will depend on funding, says Peter Dziewuloski, lead burns consultant at St Andrews in Chelmsford.
Outdated treatments in some centres and a lack of national standards mean that many burns survivors in the UK are not getting adequate care, and in some cases, are treated by staff with no specialist training. Burns care has been the "Cinderella" of the NHS for many years, and has not attracted much public funding. The NBCG proposals are the result of review instigated in 1997 by the British Burns Association because the standard of UK burn care services was considered to be "disorganised, fragmented, inadequate and inequitable".
Jacqueline Ali | alfa
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