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    NHS apologises for 'white-only' false foot error

    Black patient told she must pay for matching limb

    Jeevan Vasagar
    Tuesday August 26, 2003
    The Guardian

    The NHS yesterday apologised to a black woman who was offered a white prosthetic foot because it was cheaper than one matching her skin colour.

    Ingrid Nicholls, 46, was told by a doctor that if she wanted a black artificial foot she would have to buy it privately, and it would cost £3,000.

    Ms Nicholls, a mother of three from Calcot, near Reading, Berkshire, said she was told that her local health authority did not fund black prostheses.

    "It was an extra shock and blow to my system when I was just coming to terms with losing my foot. With one white foot and one black foot I would have been a laughing stock."

    Ms Nicholls is due to undergo an operation to have her lower left leg removed after a childhood hip infection followed by extensive surgery left her in constant pain.

    But when she was referred from the Royal Berkshire hospital in Reading to a unit in Oxford, she was told she could only have a white replacement foot.

    At the Oxford centre, a consultant showed her a selection of false feet in European skin tones. "I was sent there to have a look at the prosthesis, and to be told a bit more about the operation.

    "He then started showing me some of them. There were different types, but they were all pinky colours.

    "I said: 'I'll obviously have one to match my leg, won't I?'

    "But he said: 'No, we only have pink ones'."

    In a letter to the Reading hospital, the consultant at the Oxford unit wrote that Ms Nicholls was "understandably concerned about the prosthesis, and in particular the skin colour match".

    "Unfortunately, although some funding has recently become available for providing more realistic skin covers, as yet this does not apply to Berkshire residents, although this could change."

    Disability rights campaigners have condemned the choice forced on Ms Nicholls.

    A spokesperson for the Disability Rights Commission said: "It is an absolute disgrace that the NHS hasn't made suitable provision for a black disabled person. Disabled people shouldn't have to put up with a 'one size fits all' attitude."

    A spokeswoman for the NHS trust which runs the Royal Berkshire hospital said Ms Nicholls was told she would have to pay more for any other colour. She said: "We will be working together with the primary health care trusts to address this issue and clarify funding for future cases."

    A spokeswoman for the regional health authority issued an apology to Ms Nicholls and said the incident had been a "misunderstanding".

    She said: "Any prosthesis she was given would be funded by her local primary care trust and there is no local agreement only to fit white prosthetic limbs. We are talking to all those involved in the care of this patient to clarify matters and reach a satisfactory conclusion."
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    Just another example of the wonders of division.....errrr...diversity.

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    Turman found a copy of The Graduate, and thought highly enough of the story that he made a movie he considered to be 90-percent faithful to the book.

    But Turman and director Mike Nichols made one key adaptation, changing the Braddocks from WASP-y blonde characters into a dark-haired, more ethnic-looking family.

    From NPR's Present at the Creation

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    If you ask me, the woman should have a matching prothesis. I mean, come on. That, indeed, would look really stupid if she were to wear a pinky one.

    Just my thoughts,

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    They should have given her a can of car paint instead. She could have solved that problem in 5 minutes.
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    But then she wouldn't have been able to kick up a fuss and moan about the "racism inherent in the system" and other great injustices!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phlegethon
    They should have given her a can of car paint instead. She could have solved that problem in 5 minutes.
    I don't think they make a paint tone called "Negro"

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