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Cuts deny patients operations

Issue No. 2248

Thousands of patients are waiting in agony because health bosses have cancelled their operations, leaders of Britain’s surgeons have revealed.

Patients are being denied new hips, weight loss operations or even cancer treatment because of NHS cost cutting.

The increased rationing is because NHS primary care trusts are ignoring evidence about the effectiveness of certain treatments. They want to balance their books before the Tories’ health bill abolishes them.

The revelation comes as research shows that a key target to ensure patients are treated within 18 weeks has been missed for the first time—leaving almost 30,000 patients waiting longer.

Waiting lists lengthened over the winter as trusts cancelled operations to care for critically ill flu patients. They are likely to increase further as health authorities attempt to make “efficiency savings” of £20 billion over the next four years.

Waiting times in A&E have increased by 63 percent over the past year while more than half of 10,000 planned job cuts are said to be hitting doctors, nurses and midwives.

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