Last reply 3 months ago
Hospital transport not entitled anymore

Hi all

A bit of introduction : i was awarded PIP enhanced mobility, i am unable to walk or stand up, all day on my motorized super heavy wheelchair.

I mentioned a while ago the local government decided to get some of this money £40/month for them to use it elsewhere. 😯

Well, if it were not enough, my surprised the other day when i was booking hospital transport which I have done hundreds of times when they said i am no longer entitled because i have the enhanced mobility component of pip and blue badge i can pay for a taxi myself and make my way there…😯

Really! I cannot get into any taxi neither my husband’s car i am unable to move! Hospital transport should be for us , not those who are more mobile. They did not even warn, i have to go to far hospitals from oxford to london….etc!

Anybody in the same situation? What can I do?

If those like me start cancelling appointments it will be more expensive in the long run for the nhs we will get sicker…..,

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stumbler
5 months ago

@mmhhpp , I would ask Hospital Transport to review their decision.

We do not live in a one-size-fits-all world and there has to be exceptions.

If they don’t listen to reasonable argument, then get your local MP involved.


mmhhpp
5 months ago

Thank stumbler on Monday i am making some phone calls xx


grandma
5 months ago

@mmhhpp so glad you’re calling them on Monday morning.Im at a total loss to understand that they can do this. I go to the hospital 6 times a year (used to be a lot more but I’ve been discharged from the oncology dept cos Im now cured!) to see my ms nurse. Drove myself to the hospital for 20 yrs, contributed to the NHS by paying the exhorbirant car parking fee, but since mr government took my mobility car in February, I have to be collected and brought back home by ambulance. Costs are borne by my gp’s surgery. Total cost £1 ,800 per annum. Knock that off my costs with mobility money/car £2,400 annually, total cost would be £600 per annum, work that one out. But I digress, your transport to hospital should never be queried. You HAVE to go to appointments, you CANNOT get in a taxi (I have the same problem in my city, all taxis/private hire are saloons and the electric wheelchair will not go in.) I’ve never heard of someone being refused on monetary grounds. Letbus know what happens, we can always start a petition✌🏼😫😍


mmhhpp
3 months ago

Hi just an update on this. It is now confirmed that Oxford has removed hospital transport from those like me that have the enhanced movility component of PIP
Because we should have enough money to pay for a private taxi. Nevermind being totally f…. permanently on a wheelchair. Just in case someone lives in oxford.


vixen
3 months ago

Hello @mmhhpp this is is a horrible story. Do you have a local MS Society? I know that they are often involved with using donations to help with transportation costs for hospital appointments. Good luck!


stumbler
3 months ago

@mmhhpp , this is ridiculous. It’s OK having the money to pay for a private taxi, but, if you haven’t got the physical capability to use a private taxi then it’s another question.

Your local MP and/or Chief Executive of your Hospital Trust should be advised. Local/National papers might be interested too.


mmhhpp
3 months ago

Yes @stumbler ,
Mental capacity is low, i will go for a scan jr in oxford , buses can take me there, i. cancelled two appointment for bad shoulder in Bambury, to much effort.
Local papers might be interested but i don’t have the energy for this


mmhhpp
3 months ago

Hi good news, @stumbler, I contacted local mp Oxford, they were extremely helpful.

I am in contact now with Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group to arrange transport to my London appointments, which were the furthest, i will have to make my own way to oxford appointments but is not too bad since bus takes me door to door.

Thanks xxx


stumbler
3 months ago

@mmhhpp , it’s good to achieve the occasional victory in this ongoing war. 😊


dominics
3 months ago

I think @stumbler covered this. I had drafted the reply earlier so here it is. Apologies for duplication.

@mmhhpp – depending on where you live in Oxford your MP is either Layla Moran (Lib Dem) who has a good reputation for being a feisty campaigner. The long serving Andrew Smith was replaced by this woman – https://www.anneliesedodds.org.uk/ who is also Labour. Also here: http://mycouncil.oxford.gov.uk/mgMemberIndexMP.aspx

This is a great link to find all your elected representatives – https://www.writetothem.com/ . Draft a form letter, make minor tweaks to it and send it to every possible elected representative. County Council, City Council, MP etc.

If you are treated at the JR it is well served by buses, all of which I believe are wheelchair accessible. The Oxford Bus company claims this: https://www.oxfordbus.co.uk/accessforall/


mmhhpp
3 months ago

Thanks @dominica
Layla moran’s team sorted it out

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