A move that could have seen obese patients refused surgery in an attempt to save money is to be reviewed after national NHS bosses intervened.
A proposed restriction by the NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group would have seen non-life threatening procedures delayed by a year for those with a body mass index exceeding 30.
The rule would also apply to smokers.
NHS England, which can intervene as the CCG is under special measures, said the group had agreed to rethink the move.
“…to deny them treatment that they need on the basis of their weight, without then offering them effective help to help them lose weight is rather like discriminating [against] a segment of the population on the basis of their colour or religious persuasion.”
Amazing: someone intervened.
Rationing healthcare on the basis of lifestyle was never part of the NHS’s plan in 1948. It it had been, there would have been even more resistance to the nationalisation of the industry than there was. But after years of wrongly scapegoating smokers and fat people for the NHS’s spiralling budget, it’s no surprise to find the service being turned from a free-at-the-point-of-need Ponzi scheme into a tool of outright coercion and punishment.
Of course the NHS was never intended to ration healthcare on the basis of lifestyle, and become a tool of coercion and punishment.
But I’m still amazed that someone actually intervened.
Someone said enough with your mean, bullying schemes.
Help me out here, and watch the short video in this Russian article, and tell me which direction you think the fireball in the sky was travelling.