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PRESS RELEASE from the NKF - Embargoed until release date 12 noon 11.10.2014

PRESS RELEASE from the NKF 

Embargoed until Release date 12noon  11.10.14

 

Excellent News

NKF (National Kidney Federation) wins a PAUSE to introduction of the new Dialysis Tariff

Kirit Modi, Chairman of the NKF, reported to the annual conference of the NKF today that he welcomed the decision of  Monitor and NHS England  not to go ahead with the severe cuts in the dialysis tariff from 2015/ 16 and to “pause” the process for one year. 

As reported on this NKF website, www.kidney.org.uk  the NKF together with others, attended a national meeting with Monitor and NHS England  to highlight our deep disquiet about the consultation and proposed large cuts to the Dialysis Tariff.  This was a positive meeting despite the seriousness and potential damage that would result if the tariff changes went ahead.  We are very relieved to report to patients our understanding of what was agreed at that meeting - which is as follows:

  • The dramatic U –turn means that current tariff prices for 2014/15 will be rolled over and used in 2015/16, with minor changes.
  • The ‘pause’ will allow greater engagement and assessment of the prices, incentives, and impact on service in particular, while also enabling better consultation with stakeholders.

The key points emerging from the meeting with Monitor and NHS England were as follows: 

  1. Monitor regretted the alarm generated in the renal community by the publication.
  2. There will be a pause and it will be proposed that the figures used in 2014/15 be rolled over, with minor changes which will be subject to consultation.
  3. It was recognised that insufficient use was made of the clinical expertise within NHS England.
  4. Lessons had been learnt about the process and the process in the future will be improved.
  5. Further engagement with the renal stakeholders, including kidney charities, about 2016/17 prices will take place. 

Meaningful engagement will be vital with all sections of the kidney community in the future and it is important that Renal Clinical Directors improve their understanding of the financing of renal services so that they can ensure better reporting of the costs involved.  

Kirit Modi, NKF Chairman said “ I want to thank  all Kidney Patient Associations, individual patients and carers, other kidney charities, British Renal Society and Renal Association , the All Party Parliamentary Kidney Group and individual MPs, as well as NKF staff and Executive members for their valuable contribution to this campaign. The threat of severe cuts in dialysis provision has been averted for one year and the NKF will continue to keep a rigorous watching brief on developments for 2016/17”. 

Notes:

Action taken by NKF to support the Campaign.

  • NKF put together a strong response drafted by Nick Palmer, Head of our Advocacy Service.
  • A petition started by a patient and supported by the NKF had over 8,500 signatures
  • KPAs and individuals contacted 80 MPs on this issue
  • The APPKG wrote to Jeremy Hunt about its concerns ( Tim Statham, Secretary of the APPKG, led on this) 

For any queries please contact: Kirit Modi  kiritmodi1@hotmail.com)  or 

NKF (National Kidney Federation)

The Point, Coach Road, Shireoaks, Worksop,

Nottinghamshire, S81 8BW

Tel 0845 601 02 09

nkf@kidney.org.uk

www.kidney.org.uk 

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