Halt to funding for pectus surgery is a cruel blow
Cheryl Honeyman Specialist paediatric spine and pectus disorders nurse, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough
NHS England has ended funding for surgery on chest deformities in young people in all but exceptional circumstances
We at The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, may have discharged the last patient to have surgery to correct a chest deformity. Sadly, NHS England clinical commissioners have removed funding for the service unless there are exceptional circumstances affecting heart or lung function, when individual funding requests can be made (NHS England 2019).
Nursing Children and Young People. 31, 6, 11-11. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.31.6.11.s10