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Survey reveals 'postcode lottery' in psoriasis care

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Many patients with psoriasis are receiving sub-standard levels of care because of a ‘postcode lottery’ of services across the UK, a national audit has revealed.

Researchers from the Royal College of Physicians and the British Association of Dermatologists surveyed 100 UK dermatology departments.

They found that 20% of the units had no dermatology nurse specialist, and in 41% of the departments topical treatments were applied by nurses without any dermatology training.

The survey also revealed that one in three units did not have adequate bathing and showering facilities for in-patients, and only 40% had a clinical psychology service available.

Colin Holden, president of the British Association of Dermatologists, said: ‘This audit clearly shows that, on a national level, the NHS is failing to provide patients with the level of care they deserve.

‘We plan to feed the key findings to parliamentary bodies and will work with patient support groups to bring organisational deficiencies to the doorstep of the government.’

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