Row over six-month surgery ban for obese and smokers

Row over six-month surgery ban for obese and smokers
 

NHS Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) says smokers and patients with a BMI of 30 and over will be offered a referral to either a weight management programme or stop smoking service for a six-month period of health optimisation before being considered for an operation, as part of an £8.4 million savings plan.
In September, NHS England intervened to stop neighbouring NHS Vale of York CCG from imposing a similar policy after the Royal College of Surgeons raised concerns that proposals went against clinical guidance and made smokers and overweight patients soft... read more

 
7 October 2016 in Regional West, Views: 40
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