Harrogate obesity and smoking 'surgery ban' move
A health authority is to deny operations to the obese and smokers for six months as a cost-cutting move.
NHS Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said the new rules would affect patients with a BMI of 30 and over and smokers.
These patients would have to attend either a weight management programme or stop smoking service for six months as part of an £8.4m savings plan.
NHS England halted nearby NHS Vale of York CCG doing a similar policy.
Amanda Bloor, of Harrogate and Rural CCG, said: "The CCG are not saying patients can't have the surgery.
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