ALL patients needing wheelchairs in mid Essex are getting them within the NHS target time, despite lengthy delays elsewhere across England.

The Disability Rights UK charity has called on the NHS to tackle waiting times across the country, and said leaving someone without a wheelchair is like removing the use of a non-disabled person's legs.

Clinical commissioning groups in England have to deliver wheelchairs to patients within 18 weeks of a referral.

Official figures show all new patients who received wheelchairs in the NHS Mid Essex CCG area between July and September received them on time.

Nationally, 11 per cent of adults and around a third of the children who received equipment during the same period had waited longer than four months.

The Mid Essex CCG's annual spend on wheelchair services is £1million, the equivalent of around £346 for each of the 2,971 patients registered.