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MP urges ministers to end 'wheelchair postcode lottery'

A Labour MP has called on the government to ensure that no-one who is entitled to a wheelchair from the NHS in England has to wait longer than 18 weeks to receive one.

On 28 June 2010, Labour MP David Anderson led a debate on government policy on wheelchair services.

"I know the new government is not keen on targets," Mr Anderson said. "But we are talking about really looking after people."

The Blaydon MP urged ministers to "set aside an adequate ring-fenced budget for wheelchairs" so that every primary care trust (PCT) could afford to acquire and maintain enough wheelchairs.

Under current arrangements, there is a "wheelchair postcode lottery", Mr Anderson told MPs.

"It is wrong that people in some areas get better access than people in others, but people with muscular dystrophy find that that is the case time and again and it is totally out of order," he said.

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