Arthritic pensioner made to foot the bill for podiatry treatments

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AN OAP, riddled with arthritis, can’t even get his socks on after being denied basic podiatry treatment through the PCT.

The man, who did not want to be named for fear of losing further benefits, said that only certain people are eligible to receive the treatment.

He said: “The PCT sent me a letter saying they wouldn’t be providing the service for free anymore so I stopped going.

“When the carers came in they asked me about the state of my feet and the length of my toenails and they were a few centimetres. I had to tell them it was now too expensive to have the work done.

“I wrote a letter to my MP, Mark Lancaster, and received a letter back from his secretary telling me that the PCT had a lot of money pumped into it so the service should still be free.

“So why should I have to keep paying for a service that should be free?”

The PCT said they would not comment on individual cases but explained it has a Patient Experience Team whereby patients are able to provide feedback, compliments or complaints about any aspect of their treatment.

The statement continued: “That should be the first port of call for anyone wishing to raise a complaint.”