Callous witch and unelected prime minister 'Theresa May' backed an NHS rationing scheme yesterday that would condemn people needing a new hip or knee operation to suffering pain for a longer period.
Surgeons have criticised Theresa May after she became the first prime minister to back Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) plans to ration treatment to patients who smoke or are significantly overweight. NHS patients are told to lose weight and quit smoking or face operation delays, event though they've paid insurance to cover them for such events.
In July this year the Vale of York CCG claimed it was going to begin efficiency savings by restricting surgery for patients with a BMI index of over 30 and patients who smoke.
See my previous BLOG post on this here..
At the time, the York CCG was in special measures and was taken over by the unelected Quango NHS England (NHSE) run by Private entrepaneur Simon Stevens, ex president of the U.S. based private healthcare insurer' UnitedHealth.
No sooner as NHSE had taken over the CCG it looked again at the rationing policy and implemented it forthwith. Now who says callous b@stards don't exist?
It's understood the GP-led CCG was taken over by NHSE and that the decision will only encourage more CCGs in England to follow suit.
from the GuardianThe Royal College of Surgeons said Downing Street was endorsing an “arbitrary” scheme that would condemn people needing a new hip or knee to suffering pain for a longer period.
The college, which represents 14,000 surgeons in England, said the controversial money-saving policy in the Vale of York, which will force patients to wait up to a year for operations they require, would cost the NHS more in the long run.
Dr Richard Vautrey, a GP in West Yorkshire and the deputy chair of the BMA’s GP committee, said: “I’m most concerned that NHS England has approved these proposals to effectively ration services as a method of cost-cutting, but dressing it up on clinical grounds.
“This is further evidence of a postcode lottery with care simply being based on an area’s ability to fund services, rather than real clinical need applied consistently across the country".