This is a step in the right direction (excuse the pun!)
It seems wrong that injured children, and adults, are currently not provided with a prosthesis that allows them to exercise.
It not only benefits the patient by improving their quality of life, but surely it also benefits the NHS to have fit and active children, who are less likely to become overweight and unhealthy due to lack of exercise, and ultimately requiring more funding from the NHS.
Hundreds of amputee children will be given running blades so they can compete in sporting events this summer under plans to be announced in the Budget. The money is needed because the NHS is only required to provide limbs to allow adults and children to walk, not to run, which means it will not fund activity prosthetics like running blades. Treasury sources said the cash should be available for the children by the summer once hospitals have set up the systems to administer the spending. Of the £1.5million, £500,000 to be spent on new “child sports prosthetics” to allow 500 amputee children to run or swim. Another £1million will fund development of new forms of prosthetics with the industry, such as 3D printed limbs, Mr Osborne will say.