Hip and knee surgery only for those in severe pain
Patients will be barred from hip and knee replacement surgery unless they are in intense and persistent pain, under new NHS restrictions described as the “most punitive” yet.
Many of the GP-led groups responsible for deciding what treatments can be provided to patients in local areas have introduced tighter criteria for joint surgery in an attempt to save money.
However, surgeons said that the restrictions drawn up by Rotherham clinical commissioning group in South Yorkshire were unacceptable and urged it to withdraw the plans.
Membership of Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group. – Note the GP members are private business contractors to the NHS, they do not work for the NHS but for themselves.