Definition of postcode lottery in English:

postcode lottery


  • A situation in which someone's access to health services or medical treatment is determined by the area of the country in which they live.

    • ‘Patients will always face a postcode lottery for NHS treatment, a Bolton MP claimed.’
    • ‘Cancer patients in the region are facing a huge postcode lottery for life-saving treatment, the Yorkshire Post can reveal today.’
    • ‘The postcode lottery is particularly pronounced in the health service.’
    • ‘They called on the Government to make the care of allergy sufferers a full part of the NHS, rather than a postcode lottery.’
    • ‘The parking needs of people with disabilities must not be decided by what is effectively a postcode lottery.’
    • ‘There will also be a drive to eliminate the postcode lottery across the country on the cancer fighting drugs approved by Nice.’
    • ‘Bereaved parents in Yorkshire face a postcode lottery in standards of investigations into the tragic deaths of their children, experts admitted yesterday.’
    • ‘Critics say the changes won't make all that much difference to what is a grossly unjust postcode lottery.’
    • ‘The postcode lottery of eligibility criteria needs seriously to be examined.’
    • ‘We want local control yet no postcode lottery.’
    • ‘The postcode lottery through which people in different council areas pay widely varying costs for their social service support is to be ended.’
    • ‘Couples desperate for children are facing a postcode lottery for fertility treatment in Yorkshire despite new rules about free NHS treatment for all.’
    • ‘This has led to a postcode lottery over how long couples must wait.’
    • ‘Teenage mums say Swindon fares well in the postcode lottery that dictates whether girls who fall pregnant receive a decent education.’
    • ‘Then you play the postcode lottery for treatment.’
    • ‘Stronger local accountability can be a powerful antidote to the postcode lottery.’
    • ‘New figures reveal a postcode lottery is governing police responses to 999 calls with Sutton emerging below the London average.’
    • ‘It means there will be a postcode lottery in the prescribing of Herceptin for early-stage breast cancer.’
    • ‘Once a beneficial test has been licensed the challenge is to avoid a postcode lottery in its use.’
    • ‘The announcement is the latest part of a government drive to end postcode lotteries of care across the NHS.’


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