Warminster man says he has been waiting months for treatment
4:00pm Friday 16th August 2013 in Latest News
A Warminster man is demanding to know why a back injury he suffered last Christmas Eve has gone untreated and left to turn into a chronic condition that has paralysed him for eight months.
Mattias Warner, 37, who works as a carer for deafblind people, has become housebound and unable to work since he ruptured a disc in his back.
After receiving initial treatment at Royal United Hospital, Bath, he attended an appointment at Salis-bury District Hospital, seven weeks later, where he was told he needed specialised physiotherapy at Wessex Rehabilitation Centre in Salisbury.
Mr Warner was later informed that he wasn’t eligible for the treatment at the centre as Wiltshire Primary Care Trust, now the Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), did not fund it.
He said: “I’m just feeling worse and worse every day, I’m losing hope that anything is ever going to happen and I think the way I’ve been treated is disgusting.
“If the CCG had paid for the physio in February I would probably have been back at work by now.”
Mr Warner said his life, along with that of his wife Ingrid, 31, and their two-year-old daughter Lily, has come to a standstill.
“We’ve now been referred to the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath, but we’re back at the bottom of the waiting list again to see whether we can access that or not,” said Mrs Warner.
“I have no idea what will happen to us now.”
Mr Warner has submitted a formal complaint against the CCG regarding his treatment and written to Andrew Murrison MP for assistance.
A CCG spokesman said: “The treatment of back pain can be complex and it appears that this case is unfortunately one of those examples. We are assured however that Mr Warner has had continuous support from his GP and, given the information available at the time, has been offered appropriate services at each stage.”