Rheumatoid Arthritis Surveys                                                                                                         

In July 2009, the National Audit Office published a report on Services for people with rheumatoid arthritis. This hard-hitting report identified a number of failings in the treatment and services which people with rheumatoid arthritis receive from the NHS in England.

It also made a number of important recommendations for improvement. Over two years on from this report, there is little evidence that the overall quality of service experienced by people with rheumatoid arthritis has significantly improved, and indeed may have suffered against the current backdrop of ‘efficiency savings’ in the NHS.

As part of its ArthritisWatch project, Arthritis Care is running two surveys focusing on RA services, aimed at people with RA as well as clinicians and commissioners, to determine whether services have in fact improved, have remained static or are indeed at risk under the current climate. We will use your responses to remind the government of its duties and to campaign for better services on your behalf.

You are not obliged to answer any of the questions, but the more information you are able to provide, the stronger our evidence will be. We will not contact you and your answers will remain anonymous.



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