Patient's wife accuses health bosses

A DISTRAUGHT wife has claimed drastic cutbacks in the health service in west Suffolk have caused bosses to "give up" on her sick husband.Margaret Ryder-Offord said money problems in the NHS meant her husband, Neville Offord, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, could face the rest of his life in a nursing home.

A DISTRAUGHT wife has claimed drastic cutbacks in the health service in west Suffolk have caused bosses to "give up" on her sick husband.

Margaret Ryder-Offord said money problems in the NHS meant her husband, Neville Offord, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, could face the rest of his life in a nursing home.

The 64-year-old astronomer, from Thurston, near Bury St Edmunds, is only been offered a place in a home rather than a hospital bed for rehabilitation – and his wife of five months believes health bosses have let him down.

She has vowed to raise awareness of the situation so other people do not have to go through the same ordeal.


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"It is not just my husband - it is going to happen to other people. This has happened because of cuts," she said.

"For a young person like Neville this is devastating. He will find going to a home very difficult. I'm extremely disappointed in the health service."

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West Suffolk Hospital, where Mr Offord is currently in a surgical ward after being admitted on June 16, said the decision to send him to a care home would be reviewed today after a complaint from Mr Offord's wife.

Health bosses are bidding to claw back multi-million pound deficits by the end of year, and have revealed plans to cut beds, staff and surgical theatres at West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury, as well as closing the Walnuttree Hospital in Sudbury.

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