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64% Of NHS Clinics Now Ration Operations

From the UK’s lefty-leaning Independent:

Cataracts, hips, knees and tonsils: NHS begins rationing operations

Almost two-thirds of trusts affected as cuts bite

By Oliver Wright, Whitehall Editor
Thursday, 28 July 2011

Hip replacements, cataract surgery and tonsil removal are among operations now being rationed in a bid to save the NHS money.

Two-thirds of health trusts in England are rationing treatments for "non-urgent" conditions as part of the drive to reduce costs in the NHS by £20bn over the next four years. One in three primary-care trusts (PCTs) has expanded the list of procedures it will restrict funding to in the past 12 months.

Examples of the rationing now being used include:

* Hip and knee replacements only being allowed where patients are in severe pain. Overweight patients will be made to lose weight before being considered for an operation.

* Cataract operations being withheld from patients until their sight problems "substantially" affect their ability to work.

* Patients with varicose veins only being operated on if they are suffering "chronic continuous pain", ulceration or bleeding.

* Tonsillectomy (removing tonsils) only to be carried out in children if they have had seven bouts of tonsillitis in the previous year.

* Grommets to improve hearing in children only being inserted in "exceptional circumstances" and after monitoring for six months…

The alarming figures emerged from a survey of 111 PCTs by the health-service magazine GP, using the Freedom of Information Act

Birmingham is looking at reducing operations in gastroenterology, gynaecology, dermatology and orthopaedics. Parts of east London were among the first to introduce rationing, where some patients are being referred for homeopathic treatments instead of conventional treatment

According to responses from the 111 trusts to freedom-of-information requests, 64 per cent of them have now introduced rationing policies for non-urgent treatments and those of limited clinical value

In the last year, 35 per cent of PCTs have added procedures to lists of treatments they no longer fund because they deem them to be non-urgent or of limited clinical value

Isn’t it funny how the ‘science’ can change? Suddenly operations that were necessary are no longer necessary. It’s almost like a miracle.

But don’t worry. It can’t happen here.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 28th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “64% Of NHS Clinics Now Ration Operations”

  1. proreason says:

    “It can’t happen here.”

    Exactly. We have an unlimitted blank check for medical care thanks to Obamycare.

    I know it’s true because the Democrats have deemed it to be so.

  2. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Thought experiment:

    Rationing comes to America via Obamacare, what do you suppose will happen when minorities are denied treatments?

    • Right of the People says:

      Here in Obama’s Amerika only whitey will be subject to rationing. Whitey been getting his too long, they be a black president now, bitch!

    • Howard Roark says:

      If past is prologue, Latino & Hip Hop radio stations will incite their listeners to gather in the streets, flying the Stars & Bars upside down or beneath their Third World point of origin, shake their fists at the producers, and claim racism if media coverage portrays them as mobs.


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