Policy Statements - INEQUALITY OF TREATMENT

 

Passed by the NKF September 1997 (amended 2008)

The National Kidney Federation expresses its deep concern at the inequality of treatment available to those who suffer established renal failure (ERF). It is essential that:

  • Treatment should always be made available to all patients who wish to receive it on the basis of clinical need, preferred modality of treatment, and that such treatment should conform at least to recommended minimum standards of care as laid down in the Renal National Service Framework.
  • All commissioning authorities should ensure sufficient capacity to cater for all ERF patients existing and anticipated. That capacity should include sufficient “spare capacity” to ensure efficient use of resources, and room for visiting ERF patients attending (by arrangement) whilst away from their own home unit (see separate policy statement).