Row over six-month surgery ban for obese and smokers
A health authority will deny operations to the obese and smokers for six months amid warnings from senior surgeons that the cost-cutting move is wrong.
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... read more
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