April 21, 2021
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ICUsteps launched a campaign on 21st April 2021 to demand improved services for intensive care patients after leaving hospital.
They state that many intensive care patients do not receive the support they need once they are discharged from hospital. Intensive care treatment saves lives, but better provision is urgently needed to rebuild those lives once patients are home.
ICUsteps has joined with organisations who represent those who care for intensive care patients, urging Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health, to take action now and establish the community rehabilitation services that patients desperately need.
Please click here to read ICUSteps open letter to Matt Hancock.
They have also set up a petition to gather support from a wider group which you can sign here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/582567
The letter follows the publication of an editorial in the BMJ which highlights the absence of structured rehabilitation programmes, continuity of care, information provision and follow-up clinics. Data suggests that less than one third of intensive care units offer post-hospital discharge rehabilitation programmes.
INPA fully endorses the demand for better access to rehabilitation services and is actively working with the Community Rehabilitation Alliance and others to raise awareness of the inequity of access to rehabilitation services.