Monday, 21 September 2009

Better quality of life in Essex

Better quality of life is the goal of Essex County Council and its Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee is determined to ensure that includes people with kidney disease. Scrutiny’s hard hitting report on dialysis services in Essex lays out an ambitious agenda for improvement and identifies some key areas where action is needed – home haemodialysis, transport and parking, dialysis away from home and the importance of social care. This is the first report I am aware of by a Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee focussing on dialysis services but where there is local cause for concern or kidney care is in need of improvement, I expect we will see more aimed at improving provision and support for people with kidney disease.