Surgery ban for fat and smokers: NHS group demanding patients quit or slim down before an operation



Obese patients and smokers are to be denied operations and referred to a health programme for six months under cost-cutting plans by a health group.
NHS Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has come up with controversial move as part of plans to save £8.4 million, despite warnings from senior surgeons it is 'wrong'.
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 surgery. 
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7 October 2016 in Health, Views: 29
Source: Daily Mail
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