WILL control your health care.
Data shows that more than a quarter of Primary Care Trusts in England have brought in new restrictions based on patients’ lifestyle criteria in the last year.
It reveals that people are being denied IVF treatment, breast reductions and fat-loss operations based on their weight and whether they smoke.
In the case of one trust, NHS Hertfordshire, a controversial ban imposed last year on knee and hip operations for anyone with a body mass index (BMI) over 30 as well as smokers, has been extended to cover all routine surgery.
The new Hertfordshire policy, introduced in January, makes exceptions only for neurology, cardiac and cancer operations.
Notice that they're doing part of this based on the damned BMI charts; further evidence of stupid.
As Tam put it, If you like how they deliver the mail...
...you're gonna love how they manage your health care.
Added: Lots of "Oh, no, we wouldn't do that!" protests, however
“While it is difficult to categorically prove such policies are aimed at saving money, it is unlikely to be a coincidence that many financially challenged CCGs are restricting access to surgery. Our worry is that smokers and overweight patients are becoming soft targets for NHS savings.