Worcestershire NHS refusing to give spinal injections to save money

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Back pain is the largest single cause of disability in the UK, with low back pain alone accounting for 11% of the total disability of the UK population.

Injections have been used successfully for low back conditions since 1952 and are still an important part of non-operative treatment plans. An Epidural Steroid Injection (ESI) is an injection with a combination of a corticosteroid and a local anaesthetic. ESI are used to relieve severe back or leg pain from various causes that lead to nerve irritation. Facet joint injections in the spine also provide pain relief.

Worcestershire CCGs have under the pretense of ineffectiveness stopped the funding of these injections since December 2017. NHS England believe by not giving these injections they can save £9 million a year.

Musculoskeletal Surgery and Therapeutic Interventions December 2017 Worcestershire CCGs


Instead of giving an injection at an average cost of £250 -£500 the NHS prefer to keep people disabled and in pain living on expensive opiates such as Tramadol and Oramorph together with Gabapentin and Amitriptyline.

This callous lack of treatment is endured everyday by thousands of people in the UK.  These injections are not unproven procedures but have a 60 year excellent track record. We are being deprived of a treatment by the NHS  in its efforts to save money at any cost.

These so called "ineffective" injections are readily available at all private hospitals in the UK where they are deemed to be an extremely effective treatment against back pain.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has been in Special Measures since December 2015 The trust is currently rated as Inadequate Overall. It is rated as inadequate for being safe, inadequate for being responsive and well-led. The Chairman of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust resigned on 26 April 2018 only 20 months after taking up the job, her predecessor also resigned. 

Because of the NHS 's desperation to cut corners and save money. Patients are suffering long delays and the refusal of these neccesary injections.


Without these neccesary injections people like me will be disabled, unable to walk and in terrible pain. 

Please sign this petition to stop this callous refusal of treatment, disregard of our basic right to treatment and pain relief.