Hip and knee surgery is ‘low priority’
Other treatments being limited are those to deal with cataracts and acne scarring, scans to detect osteoporotic bone fractures and treatment for obstructive sleep apnoae.
Dr Tony Kostick, chair of East and North Hertfordshire GP Commissioning Consortium, told Pulse that although the decision was “divisive” it was necessary.
“We spend fortunes on treatments of limited clinical value,” he said.
Smokers will be referred to smoking cessation centres and those who are overweight put on weight management schemes.
However, Dr Mike Ingram, a member of the county’s local medical committee, said: “I’m very worried about denying people care on the basis they are fat.”
- Hip and knee surgery is ‘low priority’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- Patient, heal thyself: the new NHS mantra? (independent.co.uk)
- Male smokers less likely to need joint replacement surgery of hip or knee (eurekalert.org)
- Male Non-Smokers Are At A Higher Risk Of Undergoing Joint Replacement Surgery Of Hip Or Knee (medicalnewstoday.com)
- Does smoking help protect the joints? (cnn.com)
- 5 Health Benefits of Smoking (livescience.com)