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Call for better dialysis service as kidney disease figures rise

8th October 2008

Kidney disease campaigners today called for better dialysis services with latest figures revealing survival rates in Birmingham are falling below standard.

The All Party Parliamentary Kidney Federation are calling for action with more than half of all kidney disease patients dying within the first five years of receiving treatment.

They have launched a 10-point manifesto including increasing dialysis services, diagnosing patients earlier, introducing free car parking at hospitals for patients needing dialysis and making sure every sufferer has an individual care plan.

Reports show that despite services in Birmingham being better than most, the number of patients still alive after a year is below average.

Only 86 per cent of patients survive a year at Heartlands Hospital, in Bordesley Green, and Wolverhampton's New Cross, with survival rates at Edgbaston's Queen Elizabeth and Dudley's Russells Hall hospitals slightly higher at 89 per cent.

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