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Patients' concerns over chronic pain treatment removal

From BBC - January 10, 2018

An East Yorkshire MP has claimed people have told her they "see no point in continuing to live" if the NHS ends treatment for their chronic pain.

More than 80 patients have been told that their Pain Infusion Therapy (PIT) will be reduced before ending completely in a year's time.

PIT involves the delivery of drugs via a drip feed.

Local NHS bosses said the ending of PIT was part of a review of patients' treatment.

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Labour MP for Hull West and Hessle, Emma Hardy, claimed the ending of PIT was due to NHS budget cuts and called on Prime Minister Theresa May to "personally intervene" and provide extra funding.

She said 10 people had contacted her and "many have told me they would see no point in continuing to live" if the therapy was withdrawn.

"The cuts to the NHS should not be counted in terms of budgets but in lives destroyed," she said.

Responding to the MP during Prime Minister's Questions, Mrs May claimed the government "was putting extra money" into the NHS.

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