Donations not enough to pay for chair as costs rise

Essex County Standard: Ceri Christie and her daughter, Franceska. Ceri Christie and her daughter, Franceska.

THE mother of a severely disabled child had hit out after she said the cost of a bespoke wheelchair was nearly double the initial estimate.

Franceska Christie has disabilities including quadriplegic cerebral palsy and scoliosis, a curvature of the spine which is so severe one lung has been flattened and other organs are being crushed as she grows.

Her mother, Ceri, has not been able to take her daughter out for more than a year because she cannot fit into a wheelchair.

Franceska's body shape is changing due to her condition and she was advised by the NHS wheelchair service to contact Contour 886, a firm which provides custom-built wheelchairs.

The firm gave a quote of between £3,000 and £6,000 for a chair which would be custom built for Franceska.

However, the final cost of the lifeline was £10,000.

The firm says the figure quoted was just for the chair - without the chassis.

For more on this story, see today's Gazette.

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10:35am Wed 12 Feb 14

cynicalsubber says...

Right, because it's obvious to anyone that the chassis is an optional extra...
Never mind, now that the Tory, sorry Thames Valley has been flooded, Cameron has admitted that this is a wealthy country that can afford to spend as much as it takes on the clean-up, so obviously the NHS can afford the cost of this child's chair, no?
Right, because it's obvious to anyone that the chassis is an optional extra... Never mind, now that the Tory, sorry Thames Valley has been flooded, Cameron has admitted that this is a wealthy country that can afford to spend as much as it takes on the clean-up, so obviously the NHS can afford the cost of this child's chair, no? cynicalsubber

12:33pm Wed 12 Feb 14

majestic100 says...

".......The firm says the figure quoted was just for the chair - without the chassis.......". This is an astonishing statement to make. Who ever heard of asking for a wheelchair that was missing it's chassis (wheels). The company should be ashamed of themselves.
".......The firm says the figure quoted was just for the chair - without the chassis.......". This is an astonishing statement to make. Who ever heard of asking for a wheelchair that was missing it's chassis (wheels). The company should be ashamed of themselves. majestic100

12:50pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Ramplin says...

This has not mentioned the extra £1650.00 charges Ceri has had to find on top before the build of Franceska's chair started.
£750. 00 just for an assessment, 450.00 for a mid fit for 15 mins visit, another 450.00 delivery cost, WHY?????

NHS have let them down.... Absolutely disgusting.
This has not mentioned the extra £1650.00 charges Ceri has had to find on top before the build of Franceska's chair started. £750. 00 just for an assessment, 450.00 for a mid fit for 15 mins visit, another 450.00 delivery cost, WHY????? NHS have let them down.... Absolutely disgusting. Ramplin

3:56pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Hamiltonandy says...

Agree with "Ramplin" about the extortionate charges to provide this specialised service. About a year ago another young patient appeared in the Gazette with a similar problem. The relevant NHS dept told me they could provide the contour moulded seats to meet patient requirements. Guess I was misinformed.
Agree with "Ramplin" about the extortionate charges to provide this specialised service. About a year ago another young patient appeared in the Gazette with a similar problem. The relevant NHS dept told me they could provide the contour moulded seats to meet patient requirements. Guess I was misinformed. Hamiltonandy

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