MP for Hornsey and Wood Green
Local hospitals have been called upon to review their mobile policy as soon as possible by local MP, Lynne Featherstone, following the relaxation of the government ban on their use.
Allowing the greater use of mobile phones will allow patients to avoid costly in-house phone services that often charge near premium rates for making and receiving calls.
Lynne Featherstone has written to the chief executives of the Whittington, North Middlesex and Haringey Teaching Primary Care Trust (TPCT) calling for an urgent review.
The Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey & Wood Green says:
“Some of our local hospitals already have progressive policies on mobile phone use, but I hope they will seize this opportunity to review their policy and give patients the greatest freedom possible to stay in touch.
“Of course there must continue to be sensible restrictions to preserve tranquillity and protect privacy. However, I think it’s easy to underestimate the holistic benefits of being able to receive a goodnight text from a loved one when you’re ill.
“I hope our local hospitals will act swiftly to see if greater use can be allowed.”
Councillor Richard Wilson, Haringey Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson, adds:
“The exorbitant rate of hospital phone services can mean that people, particularly those on lower incomes, are virtually cut off from friends and family when they need them most.Our hospitals must do what they can to help patients stay connected.”