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This is NHS Check report no 4 originally published by Labour’s Shadow Health Team in  November 2012 Revealed: An estimated 52,000 patients in England were denied treatment and kept off NHS waiting lists last  year due to cost-based restrictions Official statistics show huge fall in operations in the eight treatments most commonly subject to new restrictions Overall, 47 PCTs in England have restricted one or more of the eight treatments Patients left in pain, discomfort, unable to work or paying to go private as cataract, varicose vein and carpal tunnel syndrome operations all affected Evidence of accelerating postcode lottery across nhs in […]
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This is NHS Check report no 1 originally published by Labour’s Shadow Health Team in  June 2012 Crude, random rationing by health bodies goes far wider and deeper than first believed with 125 previously-free treatments restricted or even stopped altogether in last two years. Labour uncovers new evidence to show:           restrictions are linked to arbitrary caps and cost – despite  Ministers’ claims;           restrictions are being introduced which diverge from NICE  guidelines;           restrictions cover a number of serious treatments affecting patients’ levels of pain, mobility and quality of […]
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Thanks to Radiance Health for this useful graphic.  It’s focussed on South London, but the principles are of wider application, and there are many areas with similar problems. It shows that there is no NHS deficit. The NHS saved £3bn last year. The NHS is in surplus – and the money was given to the Treasury. There is a strong argument for saying that all surpluses should be ploughed back into the NHS, not given up. The NHS should not be paying for procedures of little value.  We are committed to evidence based medicine. However, the Labour Party showed that PCTs […]
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Doctors.net.uk, a professional networking site, found that 593 (54%) of the 1,096 doctors who took part in the self-selecting survey answered yes when asked: “Should the NHS be allowed to refuse non-emergency treatments to patients unless they lose weight or stop smoking?” One doctor said that denying in-vitro fertilisation to childless women who smoked was justified because it was only half as successful for them. Another said the NHS was right to expect an obese patient or alcoholic to change their behaviour before they underwent liver transplant surgery. Dr Tim Ringrose, Doctors.net.uk’s chief executive, said the findings represented a significant […]
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