The Vale of York’s proposed restrictions were described as the ‘most severe’ policy the modern NHS has seen by the Royal College of Surgeons [Image: Anthony Devlin/PA].

The Vale of York’s proposed restrictions were described as the ‘most severe’ policy the modern NHS has seen by the Royal College of Surgeons [Image: Anthony Devlin/PA].


What do we think of this? Is it a victory for good healthcare?

A health authority that suggested it would deny non-life-threatening surgery to the obese and smokers has said it will put its proposals on hold.The plans by Vale of York clinical commissioning group (CCG) could have meant that patients who exceed a body mass index (BMI) of 30 would face delays in receiving some NHS surgery for up to a year.

Leading medics have warned it could become part of a growing trend in hospitals that could result in overweight patients being denied elective medical procedures in a bid to cut costs.

The restrictions were described as the “most severe” policy the modern NHS has seen by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS).

Source: Plans to deny surgery to obese patients and smokers put on hold | Society | The Guardian

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