Cash-strapped NHS is now being forced to ration 'routine' operations

By | March 20, 2019

Operations previously seen as routine are now being rationed by the cash-strapped NHS, campaigners say.

Cataract surgery is restricted by over half England’s Clinical Commissioning Groups – 104 of the total 195 CCGs.

Some patients in 95 CCGs are denied hernia ops, and access to knee and hip replacements is limited in 78 groups, a Medical Technology Group probe found.

Proven treatments are being reclassified as of “limited clinical value”. The Royal College of Surgeons said: “We need an unambiguous message from Government that restricting such treatment is wrong.”

Access to hip replacements is restricted by 78 CCGs

 

NHS Clinical Commissioners, the independent membership organisation for CCGs, said: “On a daily basis CCGs are forced to make difficult decisions that balance the needs of the individual against those of their entire local population.

“Some tough choices have to be made.”

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