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 Press Release from NKF (National Kidney Federation)

Embargoed until 12 midnight on 18.8.1014



Kidney charity opposes drastic cuts in dialysis funding



NKF (National Kidney Federation) has today strongly


opposed the proposed cuts of around 15% in the


funding of dialysis services in England from





Kirit Modi, Chairman of the NKF, has written to both


NHS England and Monitor, stating that “Cuts of this


magnitude will have a dramatic and destabilising


effect on services to dialysis patients and the quality


of life of patients”.



He added: “On behalf of the over twenty thousand


kidney patients represented by the NKF, we


demand that these proposals be reconsidered as a


 matter of urgency and that meaningful


consultations on these cuts be arranged with the


 key stakeholders who form the kidney community”.



The NKF believes that the current proposals (for NHS


National Tariff payment system 2015/16) are not


based on sound evidence, the consultation period has


been rushed and that the impact on the lives of


kidney patients has not been given proper





Prof Donal O’Donoghue, who is a medical advisor to


the NKF and is the past National Clinical Director for


Renal services, said:  “The proposed level of


reductions in the tariffs for dialysis   will destabilise


 current provision, prevent improvements in


 provision and significantly affect patient care.”   



NKF is today also requesting all local kidney patients


Associations (KPAs) in the country to contact their


 local MPs


to inform them of these proposals and to urge them


to write to the Secretary of State for Health to drop


these proposals and engage with the NKF on


discussions which can lead to both more efficient use


of resources as well as improved services to kidney











  1. The NKF is the largest kidney patients’ charity in the UK. It provides direct support to patients through a dedicated Helpline and a national advocacy team, and campaigns to improve provision for kidney patients. For media queries contact Andrea Brown, Assistant Officer Manager, NKF, at andrea@kidney.org.uk , phone 01909 544999.  The NKF web-site is at www.kidney.org.uk .
  2. A copy of the NKF response on the proposed cuts in funding is available at


  1. The proposed cuts can be found at -