The NHS website has published that it is to review the need of ‘HBOT’ (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy) services. The publication states:
“NHS England believes that this service is currently over provided, at an unnecessary cost to tax payers, and therefore propose to reduce the number of commissioned providers from ten to eight.”
One of the points of discussion in the proposal is to reduce the number of UK chambers from ten to a maximum of 8. That’s a minimum 20% reduction.
It can be considered a positive move to reduce the waste of expense if the chambers are not utilised to potential. That said, by reducing the quantity of chambers around the country can have a negative effect, with elongated travel time in case of emergency. This is not a good idea.
The closing date for this consultation has been extended to 16th March 2018.
The scuba industry as a whole is responding and we as individual divers need to respond too. Please take the survey now before it’s too late and share this important news to your buddies.