Tom Brake MP is calling for a government review into transport services for people travelling to and from medical appointments after 1.45 million individuals over the age of 65 reported having great difficulty getting to hospital for appointments.
Tom has been actively working with charity Age UK, which launched the Painful Journeys campaign in October after their survey found that 41% of people aged 65+ have a ‘difficult or very difficult’ travel experience to their essential hospital appointments.
The difficulties encompass long and difficult public transport journeys, a lack of reliable and quality hospital transport services and the high cost of private transport.
Carshalton & Wallington MP Tom Brake said:
"Poor transport should never be the reason an individual can’t make it to the hospital or has their recovery delayed.
"For individuals over 65, this essential part of accessing treatment becomes an exhausting and aggravating experience when there is no means of transport that provides for an efficient and low-cost journey to their medical appointments."