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Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Lose weight - or your operation's cancelled !

"Overweight patients have been told to shift excess pounds before they are allowed operations such as hip and knee replacement, tonsil removal or gall bladder surgery."

It is hoped the new policy will result in patients being in a better state to recover following non-urgent procedures.

Today the Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group held a conference about the scheme, which has been officially running since January 1.

Dr Nicolas Small, chairman of the group, said: “GPs in the area will not list patients for routine surgery until they have lost weight. There is a range of support, some from the GP surgery, or they can be sent to groups such as Rosemary Conley or Weight Watchers.”

This is very, very wrong ! Many over weight patients have paid into the NHS for decades. Many may have followed the bull**it diet the NHS has promoted.

Anyone in trouble should be helped by the NHS. This is one of the few great institutions we have left.


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