Changing Faces, the charity that helps people who have a disfigurement find a way to live the lives they want, has submitted a response to the NHS Scotland review of Cleft Lip and Palate Surgical Services.
Commenting on the response, the charity’s Scotland Manager, Rob Murray, said:
The review into surgical services for cleft lip and cleft palate patients across Scotland has been a significant piece of work carried out by the NHS, patient groups, patients and charities such as Changing Faces.
The intention of Changing Faces is to ensure the best outcome for patients across the country. With this in mind and given the importance of this consultation Changing Faces has submitted a response to this consultation.
In our submission Changing Faces has outlined the detailed reasoning behind our view but ultimately we believe that a centralised surgical service would result in better surgical outcomes for all patients across Scotland regardless of where they live. This ties in with ensuring the best level of care for all and not basing care on a postcode lottery.
Update, 20 December 2017: The Scottish Government decided to go ahead with a centralised service and Changing Faces welcomed the decision. Read more here…