Health rationing row as NHS hospitals set out rules preventing the elderly from having operations

NHS hospitals caring for two million patients could be forced to bar elderly patients from a host of operations, it has emerged, as a health rationing row erupted.

Cataract surgery, hip and knee replacements, tonsil removal and operations on varicose veins, as well as grommet ear operations on children, could be limited under proposals considered for the Birmingham region.

Under the proposals outlined in a report published on April 1, groin hernia repairs would be severely restricted, while treatment for chronic back pain, specific back pain and non-specific back pain would be cut back.


Full story at The Telegraph 5 April 2016