Three million refused NHS ops… for smoking or being too fat: Third of trusts deny routine procedures including hip and knee replacements to overweight patients
One in eight NHS trusts will not fund routine operations for smokers
Figures from Royal College of Surgeons will raise concerns that managers are withholding vital treatment
NHS budget under huge strain from ageing population and soaring cost of new drugs
But College warns smokers and overweight are being seen as easy targets
Up to three million patients are being refused NHS operations unless they lose weight or quit smoking, an investigation reveals.
A third of health trusts deny hip and knee replacements, varicose vein repair and other routine procedures to anyone considered too fat.
And one in eight will not fund these operations for smokers, instead offering them nicotine gum, patches and advice on how to quit. The figures, obtained by the Royal College of Surgeons, will raise concerns that managers are withholding vital treatment from patients considered ‘undeserving’.
One thing I’ve realised in recent years about state-funded medicine is that it can be used to blackmail people: Do what we tell you, or you don’t get treatment. And this is what this is: blackmail.
And smoking and obesity are quite likely just the thin end of the wedge. Next it’ll be alcohol and chocolate and tea and coffee. They can – and probably will – demand anything they want.
In ancient Greece one physician would only treat the sick if they agreed to become his slaves.
If nothing else, it’s a strong argument in favour of private medicine, where you get what you pay for.
Prince steals the show: