I refer to your report Friday, January 20, regarding the withdrawal of funding for West Norfolk Disability Service by West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group.
The reason given for the withdrawal is that the CCG is part of National Health funding and therefore claims that the money should be spent on health issues. I find this further confusing as the small amount of £13,000 funding to WNDIS is, in my opinion, more than repaid to the NHS. I explain this by the fact the companies, not always British, handsomely paid by the Government to assess invalid persons for their capability to work often arrive at some questionable decisions. This has caused a great deal of stress-related illness leading to suicides among invalid people. The fact that WNDIS has been very successful in appealing some of these decisions has helped to reduce the cost to the NHS for treatment of these unfortunate people. The sum of £13,000 as a contribution to the NHS will go unnoticed where funding paid to WNDIS does a great job in helping some more vulnerable people in our area and beyond. WNDIS is greatly respected by local job centres and Citizen Advice Bureau alike.
Of course, we are aware of how in need of money the NHS is, but that’s a Government decision. It doesn’t have to be that way.
I appeal to everyone to do all you can to ensure WNDIS receives funding so that it may continue the great work it does at a very small cost.
Phillip Eagle, Downham Market