Mum's 'postcode lottery' anger on tot's treatment
Sep 25 2008 by Sam Casey, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
‘My little George has lost out in postcode lottery’
BABY George Roderick is being denied treatment for his deformed head because of a “postcode lottery” says his mother.
Sarah Roderick, of Baton Drive, Lindley, claims her six-month-old son would get funding for a helmet to correct his flat head syndrome if he lived in other parts of the country.
George has plagiocephaly, a condition affecting infants which results in parts of the skull being flat.
His head is flat at the back right hand side.
NHS Kirklees, the local primary care trust which finances medical treatment in the district, has refused to pay for the £2,000 treatment, saying there is no evidence it works.
But Miss Roderick, 25, says other areas do provide help.
The mum-of-three, a chemistry student at Huddersfield University, said: “If I lived in Manchester it wouldn’t be a problem because their NHS trust funds it. It comes down to a postcode lottery.’’