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UK’s National Health Service Begins Rationing Surgeries

Posted By admin On July 28, 2011 @ 6:58 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Oliver Wright
London Independent [1]
July 28, 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.

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[1] London Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/cataracts-hips-knees-and-tonsils-nhs-begins-rationing-operations-2327268.html

[2] ‘Timebomb’ fear as ‘rationing by stealth’ of operations hits NHS: http://www.prisonplanet.com/timebomb-fear-as-rationing-by-stealth-of-operations-hits-nhs.html

[3] UK: Rationing of Cancers Scans Begins: http://www.prisonplanet.com/uk-rationing-of-cancers-scans-begins.html

[4] Doctor: British Health Service Euthanizes 130,000 Patients a Year: http://www.prisonplanet.com/doctor-british-health-service-euthanizes-130000-patients-a-year.html

[5] Cancer care rationing begins in America as cancer clinics turn away thousands of Medicare patients: http://www.prisonplanet.com/cancer-care-rationing-begins-in-america-as-cancer-clinics-turn-away-thousands-of-medicare-patients.html

[6] UK’s National Health Service Going Broke, British Docs Say It’s Worse Than Communist China: http://www.prisonplanet.com/uks-national-health-service-going-broke-british-docs-say-its-worse-than-communist-china.html

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