To coincide with the development of a new service for people with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) by the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, I blogged for PoliticsHome about a delayed specialised commissioning report.
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The vision included important statements such as a commitment to ensure optimal age-appropriate care and transition into adult services and the provision of suitable multi-disciplinary expertise to support patients.
However, fast forward to the present and there appears to be a genuine possibility that this good, early work could be derailed...
Of all these announcements, the one to pique our interest is the issue of specialised service derogations. Understandably, we want to know which providers are struggling to meet the service specifications. However, this is not just so we can scrutinise the plans being put forward to enable them to eventually meet the service specifications, but also to identify which ones we can be offering support to.
In May this year, Health Minister Jane Ellison MP, let slip in an answer to a parliamentary question that NHS England had not yet determined a publication date for its report on specialised service derogations, although it was expected to be “after the pre-election period for the forthcoming local authority and European Parliamentary elections is completed on 22 May 2014”.
Well, it is now July and there is still no sign of the report. We hope politicians will take note and continue to press the Government and NHS England for its swift publication. Only then will we really know how far specialised services have come for people with JIA and the extent of the challenges ahead.